The Ebba Compline

The Ebba Compline

While I by no means keep it perfectly (or even as regularly as I would like), I have a rhythm of daily prayer which keeps me. Because of the gifts of the Northumbria Community, I have a series of prayers that I either listen to or pray with morning, noontime and evening. This loosely translates to 7:30 am, 12 noon and 10 pm. 

Tonight's compline, the Ebba Compline*, spoke peace and life to me this night, and so I share it with you, in the hope and belief that it will speak peace to your tired soul as well. (All of this information comes courtesy of the Northumbria Community.)


* Find rest, O my soul, in God alone:
my hope comes from Him.

Come I this night to the Father,
come I this night to the Son,
come I to the Holy Spirit powerful:
come I this night to God.
Come I this night with Christ,
come I with the Spirit of kindness.
Come I to Thee, Jesus.
Jesus, shelter me.

* I will lie down and sleep.
I wake again,
because the Lord sustains me.

* By day the Lord directs His love;
at night His song is with me –
a prayer to the God of my life.

* Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.

* This dwelling, O God, by Thee be blest;
and each one who here this night does rest.

* May God be in my sleep;
may Christ be in my dreams.
May the Spirit be in my repose,
in my thoughts, in my heart.
In my soul always
may the Sacred Three dwell.

May the Father of heaven
have care of my soul,
His loving arm about my body,
through each slumber
and sleep of my life.

The Son of God be shielding me from harm,
the Son of God be shielding me from ill,
the Son of God be shielding me with power.
The Son of God be shielding me this night.

* Sleep, O sleep in the calm of each calm.
Sleep, O sleep in the guidance of all guidance.
Sleep, O sleep in the love of all loves.
Sleep, O beloved, in the Lord of life.
Sleep, O beloved, in the God of life.

The peace of all peace
be mine this night
+ in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.


*Ebba died in the year 683. She was the sister of Oswald and Oswy, who were both kings of Northumbria. She founded the 'double' (i.e. there were both men and women there) monastery at Coldingham, situated on St Abbs's Head (which was subsequently named after her).

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