Christ Episcopal Church
PO Box 67 413 West Evesham Road
Magnolia, New Jersey 08049
Phone ~ 856.783.4270
9:15 a.m. Christian Education
10:00 a.m. Service

Evening Prayer

For your convenience the script for both evening prayers are below 

The script for the New Zealand Evening Prayer.


The offering of prayer late in the evening, by laity, religious orders or clergy, often called Compline, has sometimes been described as the ‘goodnight prayer of the Church’.  It rounds off the day and prepares us for a quiet night.  As the psalmist wrote:


I lie down in peace and take my rest

For it is in God alone that I dwell unafraid.


Night Prayer derives its content from the wisdom of the centuries in Scripture and above all in the psalms, but also from contemporary Christian experience of God.  It celebrates the awareness that each of us who tries to pray is a part of the human whole.  So we are taken over the threshold from daytime, not in a mood of self-centred spirituality, but as representatives of humanity, acknowledging our creature hood before God.



The angels of God guard us through the night,

And quiet the powers of darkness.


The spirit of God be our Guide

To lead us to peace and glory.


It is but lost labour that we haste to rise up early,

And so late take rest, and eat the bread of anxiety.

For those beloved of God are given gifts even while they sleep.




My brothers and sisters,

Our help is in the name of the eternal God.

who is making the heavens and the earth.


Dear God,

Thank you for all that is good,

For our creation and our humanity,

For the stewardship you have given us of this planet earth,

For the gifts of life and of one another,

For your love which is unbounded and eternal.

Lord, have mercy

Christ, have mercy

Lord, have mercy


Alternate to Lord’s Prayer


Eternal Spirit,

Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,

Source of all that is and that shall be,

Father and Mother of us all,

Loving God, in whom is heaven:


The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!

The way of your justice be followed by the peoples

  Of the world!

Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!

Your commonwealth of peace and freedom

  Sustain our hope and come on earth.


With the bread we need for today, feed us.

In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.

In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.

From times of trials too great to endure, spare us.

From the grip of all that is evil, free us.


For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,

  Now and for ever.  Amen.


O though, most holy and beloved,

My Companion, my Guide upon the way

My bright evening star,

We repent the wrongs we have done:




We have wounded your love.

O God, heal us.

We stumble in the darkness

Light of the world transfigure us.

We forget that we are your home.

Spirit of God, dwell in us.


Eternal Spirit, living God,

In whom we live and move and have our being,

All that we are, have been and shall be is known to you,

To the very secret of our hearts

And all that rises to trouble us.


Living flame, burn into us,

Cleansing wind, blow through us,

Fountain of water, well up within us,

That we may love and praise in deed and in truth.



Eternal Spirit,

Flow through our being and open our lips,

That our mouths may proclaim your praise.

Let us worship the God of love


Psalm 23

Dear God, you sustain me and feed me:

  Like a shepherd you guide me.

You lead me to an oasis of green

  To lie down by restful waters.

You refresh my soul for the journey,

  And guide me along trusted roads.

The God of justice is your name,

  Though I must enter the darkness of   death,

      I will fear no evil.

For you are with me,

  Your rod and staff comfort me.

I will lie down in peace and take my rest,

  For it is in God alone that I dwell unafraid.

Let us bless the Earth-maker, the Pain-bearer, the Life-giver,

  Let us praise and exalt God above all for ever.

May God’s name be praised beyond the furthest star,

  Glorified and exalted above all for ever.



A General Thanksgiving



It is night.


The night is for stillness.

  Let us be still in the presence of God.


It is night after a long day.

  What has been done has been done;

  What has not been done has not been done;

  Let it be.


The night is dark.

  Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives

  Rest in you.


The night is quiet.

  Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,

      All dear to us,

      And all who have no peace.


The night heralds the dawn.

  Let us look expectantly to a new day,

      New joys,

      New possibilities.


In your name we pray.


You prepare a table before my very eyes,

  In the presence of those who trouble me.

You anoint my head with oil,

  And you fill my cup to the brim.

Your loving kindness and mercy will meet me

      Every day of my life,

  And I will dwell in the house of my God for ever.



Do not ask anxiously, What are we to eat? What are we to drink? What shall we wear?  The whole world runs after such things.  Set your heart and mind on God’s commonwealth and justice first, and all the rest will come to you as well.  So do not be anxious about tomorrow.  Today has enough problems of its own; tomorrow can look after itself.                                     Matthew 6: 31-34




Into your hands, O God, I commend my spirit,

For you have redeemed me, O God of truth and love.

Keep me, O God, as the apple of an eye;

Hide me under the shadow of your wings


Preserve us, O God, while waking,

And guard us while sleeping,

That awake we may watch with Christ,

And asleep may rest in your peace   



Song of Simeon                    Nunc Dimittis


Praise be to God, I have lived to see this day.

God’s promise is fulfilled, and my duty done.


At last you have given me peace,

For I have seen with my own eyes

The salvation that you have prepared for all nations -

A light to the world in its darkness,

And the glory of your people Israel.


Preserve us, O God, while waking,

And guard us while sleeping,

That awake we may watch with Christ,

And asleep may rest in your peace   

Sentence of the Day


Christ be within us to keep us,

  Beside us to guard,

  Before us to lead,

  Behind us to protect,

  Beneath us to support,

  Above us to bless.



Final Versicle


The divine Spirit dwells in us.


Thanks be to God.


Evening Prayer from a New Zealand Prayer Book. 


An Order for Compline

The Officiant begins


The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect

end.  Amen.


Officiant             Our help is in the Name of the Lord;

People                The maker of heaven and earth.


The Officiant may then say


Let us confess our sins to God.


Officiant and People


Almighty God, our heavenly Father:

We have sinned against you,

through our own fault,

in thought, and word, and deed,

and in what we have left undone.

For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ,

forgive us all our offenses;

and grant that we may serve you

in newness of life,

to the glory of your Name. Amen.



May the Almighty God grant us forgiveness of all our sins,

and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.


The Officiant then says


          O God, make speed to save us.

People   O Lord, make haste to help us.


Officiant and People


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as

it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.


Except in Lent, add    Alleluia.


One or more of the following Psalms are sung or said. Other suitable selections may

be substituted.



Psalm 4  Cum invocarem


1   Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *

    you set me free when I am hard‑pressed;

    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.


2   “You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory? *

    how long will you worship dumb idols

    and run after false gods?”


3   Know that the Lord does wonders for the faithful; *

     when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.


4   Tremble, then, and do not sin; *

    speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.


5   Offer the appointed sacrifices *

    and put your trust in the Lord.

6   Many are saying,

     “Oh, that we might see better times!” *

    Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O Lord.


7   You have put gladness in my heart, *

    more than when grain and wine and oil increase.


8   I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *

    for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety.



Psalm 31  In te, Domine, speravi


1   In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;

let me never be put to shame: *

   deliver me in your righteousness.


2   Incline your ear to me; *

    make haste to deliver me.


3   Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,

for you are my crag and my stronghold; *

   for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.


4   Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, *

   for you are my tower of strength.


5   Into your hands I commend my spirit, *

   for you have redeemed me,

   O Lord, O God of truth.



Psalm 91 Qui habitat


1   He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High *

   abides under the shadow of the Almighty.


2   He shall say to the Lord,

“You are my refuge and my stronghold, *

    my God in whom I put my trust.”

3   He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter *

   and from the deadly pestilence.


4   He shall cover you with his pinions,

and you shall find refuge under his wings; *

   his faithfulness shall be a shield and buckler.


5   You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, *

   nor of the arrow that flies by day;


6   Of the plague that stalks in the darkness, *

   nor of the sickness that lays waste at mid‑day.


7   A thousand shall fall at your side

and ten thousand at your right hand, *

   but it shall not come near you.


8   Your eyes have only to behold *

   to see the reward of the wicked.


9   Because you have made the Lord your refuge, *

   and the Most High your habitation,


10    There shall no evil happen to you, *

   neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.


11    For he shall give his angels charge over you, *

   to keep you in all your ways.


12    They shall bear you in their hands, *

   lest you dash your foot against a stone.


13    You shall tread upon the lion and adder; *

   you shall trample the young lion and the serpent

under your feet.


14    Because he is bound to me in love,

therefore will I deliver him; *

   I will protect him, because he knows my Name.

15     He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; *

   I am with him in trouble;

   I will rescue him and bring him to honor.


16    With long life will I satisfy him, *

   and show him my salvation.



Psalm 134  Ecce nunc


1    Behold now, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, *

   you that stand by night in the house of the Lord.


2    Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the Lord; *

   the Lord who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.


At the end of the Psalms is sung or said


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:  *

   as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


One of the following, or some other suitable passage of Scripture, is read


Lord, you are in the midst of us, and we are called by your

Name:  Do not forsake us, O Lord our God.  Jeremiah 14:9 ,22


People   Thanks be to God.


or this


Come to me, all who labor and are heavy‑laden, and I will

give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;

for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for

your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28‑30


People   Thanks be to God.


or the following

May the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our

Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of

the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you

may do his will, working in you that which is pleasing in his

sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and

ever.  Hebrews 13:20‑21


People   Thanks be to God.


or this


Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls

around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Resist him, firm in your faith.  1 Peter 5:8‑9a


People  Thanks be to God.


A hymn suitable for the evening may be sung.



Then follows


V.  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit;

R.  For you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.

V.  Keep us, O Lord, as the apple of your eye;

R.  Hide us under the shadow of your wings.


Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


Officiant and People


Our Father, who art in heaven,             Our Father in heaven,

 hallowed be thy Name,                           hallowed be your Name,

 thy kingdom come,                                your kingdom come,

 thy will be done,                                    your will be done,

    on earth as it is in heaven.                      on earth as in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.           Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,              Forgive us our sins

  as we forgive those                               as we forgive those

   who trespass against us.                         who sin against us.

And lead us not into temptation,           Save us from the time of trial,

  but deliver us from evil.                         and deliver us from evil.


Officiant       Lord, hear our prayer;

People         And let our cry come to you.

Officiant       Let us pray.


The Officiant then says one of the following Collects


Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy

defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the

love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.


Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours

of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and

chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Look down, O Lord, from your heavenly throne, and

illumine this night with your celestial brightness; that by

night as by day your people may glorify your holy Name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the

enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in

peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus

Christ our Lord.  Amen.
A Collect for Saturdays


We give you thanks, O God, for revealing your Son Jesus

Christ to us by the light of his resurrection: Grant that as we

sing your glory at the close of this day, our joy may abound

in the morning as we celebrate the Paschal mystery; through

Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.



One of the following prayers may be added


Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or

weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who

sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless

the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the

joyous; and all for your love’s sake.  Amen.


or this


O God, your unfailing providence sustains the world we live

in and the life we live: Watch over those, both night and day,

who work while others sleep, and grant that we may never

forget that our common life depends upon each other’s toil;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Silence may be kept, and free intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered.



The service concludes with the Song of Simeon with this Antiphon, which is sung

or said by all


Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake

we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.


In Easter Season, add    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Lord, you now have set your servant free *

   to go in peace as you have promised;


For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *

   whom you have prepared for all the world to see:


A Light to enlighten the nations, *

   and the glory of your people Israel.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

   as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


All repeat the Antiphon


Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake

we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.


In Easter Season, add  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.



Officiant       Let us bless the Lord.

People          Thanks be to God.


The Officiant concludes


The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless us and keep us.  Amen.