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or Com·pline  (kŏm′plĭn, -plīn′) also com·plin or Com·plin (-plĭn)
n. Ecclesiastical
1. The last of the canonical hours, recited or sung just before retiring.
2. The time of day appointed for this service.

[Middle English, alteration (probably influenced by matines, matins) of compli, from Old French complie, from Medieval Latin (hōra) complēta, final (hour), from Latin complētus, past participle of complēre, to complete; see complete.]
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(ˈkɒmplɪn; -plaɪn) or


(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church the last of the seven canonical hours of the divine office
[C13: from Old French complie, from Medieval Latin hōra complēta, literally: the completed hour, from Latin complēre to fill up, complete]
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(ˈkɒm plɪn, -plaɪn)

also com•plin


the last of the seven canonical hours, or the service for it.
[1175–1225; Middle English comp(e)lin=compli, cump(e)lie (< Old French complie, cumplie < Latin complēta (hōra) complete (hour)) + -in (of matin)]
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Noun1.compline - last of the seven canonical hours just before retiring
canonical hour - (Roman Catholic Church) one of seven specified times for prayer
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n (Eccl) → Komplet f
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Lauds (morning prayer), vespers (evening prayer), and compline (night prayer) feel like hinges as the day begins and ends.
\PAISLEY ABBEY Services for Palm/Passion Sunday are 11am morning service, 12.15pm Holy Communion and 7.30 pm Compline At 11am the Introit will be Hosanna to the Son of David by Weelkes and the anthems will be Puerum Hebraeorum by Vittoria and Ave verum corpus by Byrd.
Her "Commemoration of the Nails of the Passion of the Cross of Christ" is an extended meditation based around the ancient services of Vespers and Compline.
Her 'Commemoration of the Nails of the Passion of the Cross of Christ' is an extended meditation based around the ancient services of Vespers and Compline. The service, which will be sung in Latin, will also include a read "Collation" in English - a meditation on the theme of the Nails, also written by Constanza.
(61) Whereas, writes Heidegger, "contemporary Catholicism and everything like it, Protestantism no less, must remain anathema to us," Heidegger saw something special in what Beuron represented: "'Beuron,' if I may give this an abbreviated name, will unfold as a seed of something essential." (62) Blochmann, for her part, was especially struck by the Compline service.
Vespers in Ferial Office, Sundays at Compline (incomplete), the responsorial verse Gloria patri et filio, the antiphons Salva nos and Nunc dimittis servum, the antiphon Salva nos, and the hymn Stella coeli extirpavit (incomplete).
Tonight (Wednesday) at 8pm, as part of Sacred Music Study Week in Stirling 2018, there will be an open session exploring some strands around imagining, sounding and voicing the Invisible (based on Colossians 1.15: 'Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation') ending with Compline. The church hall is available for hire.
Visitors are welcome to stay for a service of Compline (Night Prayer) after the performances.
The mood was set from the start as the choir walked through the hall to the stage singing Te Lucis Ante Terminum, a seventh-century hymn for the close of day at Compline. It was followed by a moving piece called Do Not Be Afraid, by Philip Stopford.
IN THE SMALL BOTTLE SHOP in downtown Napa's Compline restaurant (, you'll find hardly any Cabernets from the region the eight-month-old store serves--though they do show up on the adjoining wine bar and restaurant's menu.
The week before Easter is known as Holy Week and on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27 and 28, the church will host services of compline (night prayers) at 7.30pm.
by heart the beautiful psalms of Compline, which was then monotonal.