Category Archives: Compline Service

The Service of Compline, as performed at St. Mark’s Cathedral; Sundays at 9:30 -10:00 p.m.

The Office of Compline for September 10, 2023

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

ORISON: Now cheer our hearts this eventide (Tune: ACH BLEIB BEI UNS) – Geistliche Lieder, Leipzig, 1589; harm. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

PSALM 119:33-48 – Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014)

HYMN: Book of books, our people’s strength (Tune: LEIBSTER JESU) – melody by Johann Rudolph Ahle (1625-1673); harm. George Herbert Palmer (1846-1926) and Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

NUNC DIMITTIS – Erin Aas (b. 1972)

ANTHEM: I will meditate – Richard T. Proulx (1937-2010)

Jason Anderson, director • Josh Sandoz, reader • James Wilcox, cantor

The Office of Compline for September 3, 2023

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

PSALM 26:1-3, 6-9, 11-12 – Jason A. Anderson (b. 1976)

HYMN 42: Now the day is over (Tune: MERRIAL) – Joseph Barnby (1838-1896)

NUNC DIMITTIS – Plainsong, Tone V; harm. Vincente Ripollès (1867-1943)

ANTHEM: Sicut cervus – Charles Gounod (1818-1893)

Jason Anderson, director • Jeremy Matheis, reader • Ken Peterson, cantor

The Office of Compline for August 27, 2023

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

ORISON: The shadows of the evening hours – Joshua Haberman (b. 1982)

PSALM 138 – Jason A. Anderson (b. 1976)

HYMN 662: Abide with me (Tune: EVENTIDE) – William Henry Monk (1823-1889)

NUNC DIMITTIS – Plainsong setting, Tone VII; harm. Lodovico Grossi da Viadana (c. 1560-1627)

ANTHEM: Salva nos, Domine, vigilantes – Jacob Handl (1551-1591)

Jason Anderson, director • Jeff Ricco, reader • Jeremy Matheis, cantor

The Office of Compline for August 20, 2023

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

ORISON: Christ, mighty Savior (Tune: Christe, Lux mundi) – Plainsong, Mode VII, Freiburg MS., 14th cent.

PSALM 67 – Plainsong, Tone VIII.1PSALM 67 – Plainsong, Tone VIII.1

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

NUNC DIMITTIS – Plainsong, Tone III.4

ANTHEM: I will call upon God – Charles Wood (1866-1926)

Kenneth Pendergrass, director • J. Scott Kovacs, reader • Fred McIlroy, cantor

The Office of Compline for August 13, 2023

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

ORISON: Dear Lord and father of mankind – John F. Kriebel (b. 1946)

PSALM 85:7-13 – Plainsong, Tone III.5

OFFICE HYMN: Before the ending of the day – mel. Benjamin Britten (1913-1976); arr. Kenneth V. Peterson (b. 1946)

NUNC DIMITTIS – Plainsong, Tone III.4

ANTHEM: Si iniquitates observaveris – Samuel Wesley (1766-1837)

Kenneth Peterson, director • William Turnipseed, reader • Joel Bevington, cantor

The Office of Compline for August 5, 2023

The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord

ORISON: Psalm 122 from Six Hymns to Dr. Watts – Alice Parker (b. 1925)

PSALM 99 – Plainsong, Tone VIII.1, arr. Richard Proulx (1937-2010) & Gregory Bloch

HYMN: Abide with Me – William Henry Monk (1823-1889); arr. Shawn Kirchner (b. 1970)

NUNC DIMITTIS – Linda Kachelmeier (b. 1965)

ANTHEM: Beautiful Savior – arr. Ryan T. Murphy (b. 1971) 

Women’s Compline Choir
Rebekah Gilmore, director • Melissa Plagemann, reader • Sarra Sharif, cantor

The Office of Compline for July 30, 2023

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

ORISON:  Blessed spirits, loving angels – Shaker song by Eldress Mary Ann Gillespie (1829-1887)

PSALM 126 – Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014), arr. Jeff Reynolds

HYMN: Mothering God  – Janet Peachey (b. 1953), arr. Gregory Bloch

NUNC DIMITTIS –  Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)

ANTHEM: Grace Before Sleep – Susan LaBarr (b. 1981)

The Women’s Compline Choir
Rebekah Gilmore, director • Jamie Balducci, reader • Natalie Ingrisano, cantor

The Office of Compline for July 23, 2023

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

ORISON: ‘Phos hilaron,’ from Music for Compline – Kevin Siegfried (b. 1969)

PSALM 57 – Plainsong, Tone VII.1

OFFICE HYMN: ‘Te lucis ante terminum,’ from Music for Compline – Siegfried

NUNC DIMITTIS – Dana Marsh (b. 1965)

ANTHEM: Sicut cervus desiderat – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)

William Turnipseed, director • Joel Matter, reader • Fred McIlroy, cantor

The Office of Compline for July 16, 2023

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

ORISON: O gladsome Light (Tune: LE CANTIQUE DE SIMÉON) – mel. Loys Bourgeois (c. 1510-c. 1561); harm. Claude Goudimel (1514-1572)

PSALM 65 – Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014)

HYMN: Almighty God, your word is cast like seed (Tune: WALDEN) – Jane Manton Marshall (1925-2019); arr. Gregory Bloch (b. 1977)

NUNC DIMITTIS: Plainsong, Tone IV – Harm. Anon. 16th cent. composer; adapt. by Bernarr Rainbow

ANTHEM: Iustus germinabit sicut lilium – Jacob Handl (1551-1591)

Jason Anderson, director • Vern Nicodemus, reader • Fred McIlroy, cantor

The Office of Compline for July 9, 2023

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

ORISON: Be present, O merciful God – Roupen Shakarian (b. 1950)

PSALM 145 – Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014)

OFFICE HYMN: Te lucis ante terminum – Shakarian


ANTHEM: Steal away to Jesus – African-American Spiritual; arr. Dale Adelmann (b. 1961)

Jason Anderson, director • J. Scott Kovacs, reader • James Wilcox, cantor