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A Day In The Life: Compline

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Historically Dominicans are all about processions. In fact, there's an entire tome devoted to them: the Processionarium (you can find a pdf for the 1913 version down on the left). Here at St. Albert's we do a procession once a week during Compline, to mark the solemnity of Sundays. After the final prayer at Compline, two brothers leave their choir stalls to take up the candles and lead the brothers out of the chapel. While chanting the Dominican version of the Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen), we process out to the statue of Mary in our cloister. After the Salve, the O Lumen (O Light) chant is intoned, a special antiphon/hymn to St. Dominic, and the procession leads out into the center of our cloister garden where the brothers assemble around the statue of St. Dominic.  

Compline (Night Prayer) is our last liturgical office of the day, the last time we assemble in choir and praise God in the Psalms. Br. Brad recently compiled a video on the Divine Office featuring some Dominican chants, along with the brothers explaining what the Divine Office is, along with some of their own personal reflections. Our day hinges upon the Divine Office, (also known as the Liturgy of the Hours), wherein the entire day is sanctified through the raising of our voices in prayer to God.  

If you live in the area, or are ever traveling through, you can join us for any of our daily prayers. Compline on Sunday nights with the procession begins at 9pm. I hope you enjoy Br. Brad's video, and if you are interested, I encourage you to join us or to learn more about the Liturgy of the Hours, a prayer of the entire Church, for all her members. Magnificat is a very popular monthly publication that contains a modified version of Morning and Evening Prayer, along with the readings for Mass. Entering into the prayer of the Church is an incredibly rich way to deepen your prayer life this Lent!