A PERSONAL COMPLINE

This Personal Compline was prepared by Elliott M. Demas, Chanter, Saint Gregory the Theologian, Greek Orthodox Church Mansfield MA for the edification and use of the faithful.


THE PERSONAL COMPLINE (in order)
· The Trisagion Prayer
· Psalm 51
· Psalm 70
· Psalm 143
· The Doxology
· The Creed
· Prayer to the Lord Jesus
· Prayer to the Theotokos


The Trisagion Prayer

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

Glory to You, our God. Glory to You

O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth: You are everywhere filling all things; Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life: come and abide in us, and Cleanse us from every impurity, and save our souls, O Good One!

Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us.

Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us.

Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever unto ages of ages. AMEN.

O Most Holy Trinity Have Mercy on us! O Lord cleanse us from our sins! O Master, pardon our transgressions! O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Your Name's sake.

Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. AMEN.

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily
bread: and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the Glory, of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever unto ages of ages. AMEN.



PSALM 51

Have mercy on me, O God according to your unfailing love; according to Your great compassion blot out my transgressions.


Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

Against You, You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are proved right when You speak and justified when You judge.

Surely, I have been a sinner from birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely You desire truth in the inner parts; You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways and sinners will turn back to You.



Psalm 70

O God, come to deliver me!

O Lord, make haste to help me!

Let them be put to shame and confusion Who seek my life!

Let them be turned back and brought dishonor who wish me evil!

Let them be turned back in shame who jeer at me, "Aha, Aha!"

May all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You!

May those who love Your salvation say evermore, "God is great!"

But I am poor and needy; hasten to help me, O God!

You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!


Psalm 143

O Lord, hear my prayer; in Your truth give heed to my supplication! In Your righteousness, hear me! And enter not into judgment with
Your servant; For no one living is righteous in Your sight.

The enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead. Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is distressed.

I remembered the days of old, I meditated on all Your deeds; I thought of the works of Your hands.

I stretched out my hands to You; my soul longs for you like a parched land.

Make haste to answer me, O Lord! My spirit fails! Hide not Your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit.

Let me hear the morning of Your steadfast love, for in You I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

Deliver me O Lord, from my enemies. I have fled to You for refuge. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God! Let Your good Spirit lead me on a level path.

For Your name's sake O Lord, preserve my life. In Your righteousness bring me out of trouble. And in Your Steadfast love cut off my enemies,
and destroy all those who afflict my soul, for I am Your servant.


The Doxology

Glory to God, Who has shown us the Light! Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men!

We praise You! We bless You! We worship You! We glorify You and give thanks to You for Your great glory!

O Lord God, Heavenly King, God the Father Almighty!

O Lord, the Only-Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit!

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us!

You, Who take away the sins of the world, receive our Prayer!

You, Who sit on the right hand of God the Father, have mercy on us!

For You alone are holy, and You alone are Lord. You alone, O Lord Jesus Christ, are most high in the glory of God the Father! AMEN!

I will give thanks to You every day and praise Your Name for ever and ever.

Lord, You have seen our refuge from generation to generation! I said, "Lord, have mercy on me. Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You!"

Lord, I flee to You. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. For with You is the fountain of Life, and in Your light we shall see light. Continue Your loving kindness to those who know You.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin. Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Your Name for ever. AMEN.

Let Your mercy be upon us, O Lord, even as we have Set our hope on You. Blessed are You, O Lord; teach me Your Statutes. Blessed are You, O Master; make me to understand Your commandments. Blessed are You, O Holy One; enlighten me with Your precepts. Your mercy endures forever, O Lord! Do not despise The works of Your hands! To You belongs worship. To You belongs praise. To You belongs glory: to the Father and to the Son and the Holy Spirit; now and ever and unto ages of ages. AMEN.



The Creed

I BELIEVE in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten
not created, of one essence with the Father, through Whom all things were made.

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.

He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; and He rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father; and He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; His kingdom shall have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of Life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who Spoke through the prophets.

In one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

I look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the age to come. AMEN.



The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55)

More honorable than the cherubim and more glorious beyond Compare than the seraphim!

Without corruption you gave birth to God the Word.

True Theotokos, we magnify you!

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.

For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth, all generations will call me blessed.

For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and Holy is His name.

And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.

He has shown strength in His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.


Prayer to the Lord Jesus

And grant rest, O Master, to our souls and bodies as we sleep; preserve us from the gloomy slumber of sin and from the dark passions of the night.

Calm the impulses of carnal desires, quench the fiery darts of the evil one which are craftily directed against us.

Still the rebellions of the flesh, and put far from us all anxiety and worldly cares.

Grant us, O God, a watchful mind, pure thoughts, a sober heart and a quiet rest free from every vision of the devil.

Raise us up again at the hour of prayer, strengthened in Your precepts and holding within us steadfastly the thought of Your commandments.

Grant that we may sing praises to You through the Night and that we may hymn, bless and glorify Your All-honorable and majestic Name, of the Father and Of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. AMEN.


Prayer to the Theotokos

O all-pure and incorruptible Virgin Bride of God, and our Sovereign Lady, who made the Word of God one with mankind by gloriously giving birth to your Son and joining our fallen nature to His divine nature; who are the hope of the despairing and the support of those in distress, the swift defender of those who turn to you and the refuge of all Christians:

Do not turn from me, an unclean sinner, who have destroyed myself with unworthy thoughts, words and deeds, and have been enslaved by forgetfulness to the carnal passions of life; but have compassion on me, O Theotokos, and accept the prayer of a sinner and prodigal, offered from unclean lips.

Exercise your boldness as a mother, and pray to your Son, our Lord and Master, that He will make known to me also His compassionate goodness, and overlooking my countless sins, will turn me to repentance and make me fervent in doing His commandments.

Be with me always in your grace and loving mercy, for You are the fervent helper who turns away the assaults of enemies and guides all toward salvation, caring for my unworthy soul at the hour of death and driving from it the darkness of evil spirits. In the Day of Judgment, free me from eternal torment and show me to be an heir of the divine glory of your Son, and our God.

Grant this O Lady Theotokos, by your prayers and intercessions, through the mercy and loving kindness of Your only begotten Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to Whom are due all glory, honor and worship, With the Father Who is eternal, and His all-holy, good And life-giving Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of Ages. AMEN.



"Remember God more often than you breath," says St. Gregory of Nazianzus (d.389).

Prayer is more essential to us, more an integral part of ourselves, than the rhythm of our breathing or the beating of our heart. Without prayer there is no life. Prayer is our nature. As human persons we are created for prayer just as we are created to speak and to think. The human animal is best defined, not as a logical or tool making animal or animal that laughs, but rather as an animal that prays, a Eucharistic animal, capable of offering the world back to God in thanksgiving and intercession.