Lenten Journey with Mary

Compline.
by Virginia M. Kimball, S.T.D. | Source:

Compline


As the day’s glow begins to ebb,
evening hearkens darkness,
our fourth week in Lent begins;
remembering Sunday’s cross,
dressed in daffodils, gold godliness
of victory to bloom, slowly
coming like birth with pangs,
labored love in timed petitions.

kyrie eleison, kyrie eleison, kyrie eleison
“Lord have mercy on our many sins.”

Each breathed plea lifting trouble
from hurt and pain, in rhythms to confess,
psalm after psalm, our need for this:
quiet night of prayer. Our yearning is
pulsing, lamenting, pleading God’s
assistance, “weary with groanings.” (Psalm 6:7)

Lord of the Powers, stay with us;
in times of distress,
we have no other help than you,
have mercy, please, on us. (Hymn of Compline)

Chanting these ancient tones,
truly faithful ones do know,
our one hope, our Theotokos,
is shelter and protection …
Intercede with your Son, our God,
to grant us all forgiveness. (Hymn of Compline)

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