Saturday, March 12, 2016

Compline During Lent - Passion Sunday to Holy Thursday

One of the unique features of the Dominican Rite of Office is the variability of much of the Office of Compline during during the seasons of Lent, Passiontide, Paschaltide, Ascensiontide, and through out the octave of Pentecost, when the hymn, Little Chapter, and responses change.

From Passion Sunday till Holy Thursday, the responsory is changes as follows:

From this Sunday until Easter Sunday, in the ferial and Sunday Offices, the responsories are said without the Gloria.  Instead, the responsory is repeated.

The responsory In peace is now omitted.  On Sundays and ferial days,  the responsory is said as follows:
.  Into your hands O Lord, * I commend my spirit. - Into your hands.  You have redeemed me, Lord, God of truth. - I commend my spirit.  And in place of Glory the . Into your hands is repeated.

But on feasts of the Saints, the resposory Into your hands is said with Glory in the usual manner.

This is followed immediately by the hymn for Lent:
Christ, qui lux es et dies,
Noctis tenebras detegis
Lucisque lumen crederis,
Lumen beatum praedicans.

Precamur sancta Domine,
Defende nos in hac nocte:
Sit nobis in te requies,
Quietam noctem tribue.

Ne gravis somnus irruat,
Nec hostis nos subripiat,
Nec caro illi consentiens
Nos tibi reos statuat.

Oculi somnum capiant,
Cor ad te semper vigilet:
Dextera tua protegat
Famulos, qui te diligunt.

Defensor noster aspice,
Insidiantes reprime,
Guberna tuos famulos,
Quos Sanguine nercatus es.

Memento nostril Domine,
In gravi isto corpore:
Qui es defensor animæ,
Adesto nobis Domine.

Præsta Pater omnipotens,
Per Jesum Christum Dominum.
Qui tecum in perpetuum
Regnat cum sancto Spiritu.
You are, O Christ, the light and day
Who chases nightly shades away;
Yourself, the light of light confessed,
Proclaim to us the brightness blest.

O holy Lord, we pray that you
May guard us well this whole night through;
In you, O let us find repose
All peaceful till the night shall close.

Let not dull sleep our spirits quell,
Ward off from us the foe from hell,
Nor let the flesh with him unite
To make us guilty in your site.

Then let our eyes due slumber take,
But hearts to you forever wake;
And may your right arm from above
Shield all who turn to you with love.

O strong Defender, hear our prayer,
Repel our foes and break each snare;
Control your servants, be their guide,
Who for their ransom bled and died.

Remember us, O Lord we pray
In weary body here today;
From every ill the soul defend,
Be with us, Lord, until the end.

Almighty Father, this accord
Through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord,
Who, with the Holy Spirit true,
For ever reigns in bliss with you.

The antiphon for the Canticle of Simeon, from the Passion Sunday to Holy Thursday exclusive (except on feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary), is:

Ant.  O King, resplendent in the midst of your saints, ever worthy of praise, yet surpassing all words!  You, O Lord, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your holy name; leave us not, you are our God.  And on the day of judgement, O blessed King, may you deign to place us among your saints and chosen ones.

As we approach Holy Week, let us increase our devotions and penances, and make a worthy preparation for the Holy Day of the Pasch.