Compline in time of coronavirus: 2. Fourth Sunday of Lent: Laetare

Choir 03-22-2020

The Compline Choir, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, March 22, 2020.

While St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle,  is closed to large gatherings, the Office of Compline is sung by a small contingent of choir members to an empty cathedral. Those singing the service are observing strict health precautions including the appropriate social distancing; members over 60 and others vulnerable to contagion are not invited to sing.

The Compline Underground (which originates from Seattle) is now issuing links to the Compline Service together with the texts of the music sung, as well as many of the texts of the unchanging parts of the Office. After the broadcast, the video stream link will change to the archived link, and when the podcast is available, that link will be activated.

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Compline for the Fourth Sunday of Lent


ORISON: Now as the troubled day departs – M. Searle Wright (1918-2004)

Now as the troubled day departs,
Be thou, O God, within our hearts.
And grant our wearied spirits rest
Within thy heart, O Savior blest.

Give peace and calm to all this night,
Throughout the encircling darkness, light.
May we by thy great presence awed,
Be still, and know that thou art God.


READER: The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
CHOIR: Amen.

READER: Beloved in Christ, be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist, steadfast in the faith.

READER: But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
CHOIR: Thanks be to God.

READER: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
CHOIR: who hath made heaven and earth.


CANTOR: O God, make speed to save us;
CHOIR: O Lord, make haste to help us.

CANTOR: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
CHOIR: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

CANTOR: Praise ye the Lord;
CHOIR: The Lord’s name be praiséd.

PSALM 23 (Setting I) – Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014)

[EDITORIAL NOTE: This setting of Psalm 23, from 1987,  pre-dates the more commonly sung setting by just six months.
and was unknown until found in a stack of music atop Hallock’s piano after his death.]

ANTIPHON: I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

The LORD is my shepherd; *
I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures *
and leads me beside still waters.

He revives my soul *
and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; *
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *
you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.

Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, *
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).


CANTOR: Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
CHOIR: Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

CANTOR: For thou hast redeeméd me, O Lord, thou God of truth;
CHOIR: I commend my spirit.

CANTOR: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
CHOIR: Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

OFFICE HYMN: To you before the close of day (Tune: Te lucis ante terminum) – Plainsong, Mode VIII

To you before the close of day,
Creator of all things, we pray
that, in your constant clemency,
our guard and keeper you would be.

Save us from troubled, restless sleep;
from all ill dreams your children keep.
So calm our minds that fears may cease
and rested bodies wake in peace.

A healthy life we ask of you:
the fire of love in us renew,
and when the dawn new light will bring,
your praise and glory we shall sing.

Almighty Father, hear our cry
through Jesus Christ, our Lord, most high,
Whom with the Spirit we adore
forever and for evermore.


CANTOR: Keep me as the apple of an eye;
CHOIR: Hide me under the shadow of thy wings.

NUNC DIMITTIS: Plainsong setting, Tone V.1

ANTIPHON: Preserve us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping;
that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace: * according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation. * which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the gentiles, * and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, * world without end. Amen.



CANTOR: Lord, have mercy upon us.
CHOIR: Christ, have mercy upon us.
CANTOR: Lord, have mercy upon us



COLLECTS by the Cantor

ANTHEM: Lamentations of Jeremiah – Alfonso Ferrabosco the Younger (c. 1575-1628)

[EDITORIAL NOTE: The anthem for this evening is a setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah by the Elizabethan composer of Italian ancestry, Alfonso Ferrabosco the Younger. The text is the first three verses of Lamentation 1, each of which is indicated by appropriate Hebrew letters: aleph ,beth and ghimel. The scripture is preceded by an introduction, and is concluded by a respond appropriate to various offices sung during the liturgies of Holy Week.]

Here beginneth the Lamentations of the prophet Jeremiah:
Aleph. How lonely sits the city that was full of people! How like a widow has she become, she that was great among the nations!
She that was a princess among the cities has become a vassal.
Beth. She weeps bitterly in the night, tears on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has none to comfort her; all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they have become her enemies.
Ghimel. Judah has gone into exile because of affliction and hard servitude. She dwells now among the nations but finds no resting place. Her pursuers have all overtaken her in the midst of her distress.
(Refrain) Jerusalem, Jerusalem, turn thee to the Lord thy God.

FINAL RESPONSES (setting by Peter R. Hallock)

CANTOR: We will lay us down in peace and take our rest:
CHOIR: For it is thou, Lord, only that makest us to dwell in safety.

CANTOR: The Lord be with you:
CHOIR: And with thy spirit.

CANTOR: Let us bless the Lord:
CHOIR: Thanks be to God.

[The closing blessing is spoken:]

READER: The Almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, bless and preserve us.
CHOIR: Amen.

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