Compline – Evening Prayers of the Church
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced restrictions on the way communities gathered, Emmanuel Church turned to social media to help stay connected. At 8:45 PM each evening you will find a webcast of Compline on our Facebook page, You don’t need to have a Facebook account to listen in to the webcast, though you might have to wait a few minutes for the posting to be uploaded after the live service is over. A good handful listen live, but by the next morning there have usually been upwards of 60 viewers who have tuned in. Compline consists of a short series of prayers for the end of the day, to which Emmanuel has added the Evening Psalms and the Old Testament Lesson for each day as appointed in the “Daily Office” lectionary. It lasts about 12 minutes, and can be viewed live or anytime you’d like before bedtime. Occasionally the Rector or other prayer leaders are inspired to include a little music at the beginning or end, perhaps highlighting the ministry of whatever saint might be remembered on that day. And we always take a few minutes of silence during the service for you to pray for anyone who is close to your heart.