The Office of Compline for December 31, 2017

December 31, 2017

The Seventh Day of Christmas

ORISON: Puer nobis nascitur – from Moosburg Gradual, c. 1355-1360; arr. Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014)

PSALM 147 – Peter R. Hallock

HYMN: Of the Father’s love begotten (Tune: Divinum mysterium) – Sanctus trope, 11th cent.; adapt. Piae Cantiones, 1582

NUNC DIMITTIS (Tune: Marilyn) – Peter R. Hallock


  • Resonet in laudibus – Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
  • Away in a manger – Normandy melody, harm. Reginald Jacques (1894-1969); arr. Jason A. Anderson (b. 1976)
  • Gaudete * – from Piae Cantiones, 1582

Jason Anderson, director • Joel Matter, reader • Tyler Morse, cantor

† Kenneth V. Peterson and Joel Bevington, soloists

* Joel Matter, Ken Pendergrass, Jason Anderson, and Scott Kovacs, soloists

Derek Curtis-Tilton, Greg Bloch, and Campbell Thibo, percussion

The Office of Compline for December 17, 2017

December 17, 2017 • The Third Sunday of Advent

PROCESSION: O come, O come, Emmanuel (Tune: Veni, veni, Emmanuel) – Plainsong, Mode I, Processionale, 15th cent.; adapt. Thomas Helmore (1811-1890); arr. Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014)

ORISON: Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming – Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) and Carl Orff (1895-1982)

PSALM 126 – Peter R. Hallock

HYMN: Te lucis ante terminum (Before the ending of the day) – Plainsong, Mode II

NUNC DIMITTIS (Tune: Marilyn) – Peter R. Hallock

ANTHEM: Pulcherrima Rosa – from Codex Speciálník, c. 1500

Jason Anderson, director • Jeremy Matheis, reader • Joel Bevington, cantor

The Office of Compline for December 10, 2017

December 10, 2017

The Second Sunday of Advent

ORISON: Comfort, comfort ye my people (Tune: Psalm 42) – melody by Claude Goudimel (1514-1572)

PSALM 85:7-13 – Jason A. Anderson (b. 1976)

HYMN: Te lucis ante terminum (Before the ending of the day) – Plainsong, Mode II

NUNC DIMITTIS – Roger Sherman

ANTHEM: Ecce Dominus veniet – Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)

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

The Office of Compline for December 3, 2017

December 3, 2017

The First Sunday of Advent

ORISON: Prepare the way, O Zion (Tune: Bereden Väg för Herran) – mel. from Then Swenska Psalmboken, 1697; harm. Koralbok för Svenska Kyrkan, 1939, alt.

PSALM 80:1-7, 16-18 – Plainsong, Tone IV.4

HYMN: Te lucis ante terminum (Before the ending of the day) – Plainsong, Mode II

NUNC DIMITTIS – Richard Proulx (1937-2010)

ANTHEM: Creator of the stars of night (Tune: Conditor alme siderum) – Plainsong, Mode IV; arr. Michael Burkhardt (b. 1957)

Jason Anderson, director • Tyler Morse, reader • Thomas Adams, cantor

William Turnipseed, organist • Mel Butler, violist

The Office of Compline for November 26, 2017

The Last Sunday after Pentecost

November 26, 2017

ORISON: O Jesus, crowned with all renown (Tune: Kingsfold) – English melody; arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

PSALMS 82 & 150 – Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014) and Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

HYMN: Jesus, our mighty Lord (Tune: Monks Gate) – Sussex melody; arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams

NUNC DIMITTIS – Plainsong, Tone VIII; harm. John Holmes (d. 1629)

ANTHEM: Great Lord of lords – Charles Wood (1866-1926)

Jason Anderson, director • Joel Matter, reader • James Wilcox, cantor

The Office of Compline for November 19, 2017

The 24th Sunday after Pentecost

November 19, 2017

ORISON: Bring us, O Lord God – Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014)

PSALM 46 – Hallock

HYMN: I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath (Tune: Old 113th) – melody from Strassburger Kirchenamt, 1525; harm. Hallock

NUNC DIMITTIS (2-part setting with handbells) – Hallock

ANTHEM: If we could shut the gate – Hallock *

Jason Anderson, director • Tyler Morse, reader • Joel Bevington, cantor

* Tom Dziekonski, violin • Les Martin, organ

The Office of Compline for November 12, 2017

The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

November 12, 2017

ORISON: O day of God, draw nigh (Tune: Saint Michael) – Louis Bourgeois (c. 1510-c. 1561); harm. William Henry Monk (1823-1889)

PSALM 73 – Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014)

HYMN: Rejoice! rejoice, believers, and let your lights appear (Tune: Llangloffan) – mel. from Hymnau a Thonau er Gwasanaeth yr Eglwys yng Nghymru, 1865; harm. The English Hymnal, 1906

NUNC DIMITTIS – James Bassi (b. 1961)

ANTHEM: Audivi vocem de caelo – Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)

Jason Anderson, director • William Turnipseed, organist • Jeffrey Ricco, reader • Jeremy Matheis, cantor

The Office of Compline for November 5, 2017

All Saints’ Sunday with Dedication of Vestments • November 5, 2017

The Compline Choir dedicated new vestments at the beginning of the All Saints’ Sunday Compline service. Purchase of vestments were made possibly by a $10,000 gift in memory of Peter Rasmussen Hallock (1924-2014), given by his sister Matilda Ann Hallock Milbank (1917-2015). Cassocks and surplices were custom-made by the English firm Watts & Co., London, and amices were procured from the American firm Gaspard, Inc., Brookfield, Wisconsin. As is our custom on All Saints’ Sunday, the names of deceased Compline Choir members was read aloud and a bell tolled for each at the beginning of the office.

VESTMENT DEDICATION ANTIPHON: Vidi turbam magnam – Plainsong, Mode I

ORISON: Holy is the true light – William H. Harris (1883-1973)

PSALM 149 – Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014)

HYMN: Who are these like stars appearing? (Tune: Zeuch mich, zeuch mich) – melody from Geistreiches Gesang-buch, 1698; harm. William Henry Monk (1823-1889), alt.

NUNC DIMITTIS: Plainsong, Tone II; harm. John Holmes (d. 1629)

ANTHEM: Vidi turbam magnam (Part I) – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)

Jason Anderson, director • Jeremy Matheis, reader • Derek Curtis-Tilton, Joel Bevington, and Jason Anderson, cantors • Gregory Bloch, orchestra bell

The Office of Compline for October 29, 2017

The 21st Sunday after Pentecost

October 29, 2017

ORISON: If ye love me – Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)

PSALM 15 (Setting I) – 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 – Plainsong, Tone VI; harm. Orlando Gibbons (c. 1583-1625)

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

Jason Anderson, director • Vernon Nicodemus, reader • Tyler Morse, cantor

The Office of Compline for October 15, 2017

The 19th Sunday after Pentecost

October 15, 2017

ORISON: Blest are the pure in heart – M. Searle Wright (1918-2004)

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

HYMN: The King of love my Shepherd is (Tune: Saint Columba) – Irish melody; stzs. 1-5 harm. Hymnal 1940; stz. 6 harm. Hallock

NUNC DIMITTIS: Plainsong, Tone I; harm. William Byrd (1543-1623)

ANTHEM: O bone Jesu – Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)


Jason Anderson, director • William Turnipseed, reader • Joel Bevington, cantor

Hymn soloists: Joel Bevington, tenor & Tyler Morse, alto