The very last hour within the observed seven hours of Christian Prayer prayed by monks and nuns around the world is one called “Compline.” The title comes from the Latin word “completorium” from which our English word “completion” comes. It is prayed at the very end of one’s day and traditionally begins with a period of silence and an invitation to an examination of conscience. The “confiteor” or “I Confess” prayer from the penitential rite of Mass would follow. It may most likely be the root of the tradition that has been passed on of praying an act of contrition before one goes to bed. The main focus of this night time hour of prayer is the Canticle of Simeon which was the song of praise on the lips of the prophet Simeon when the child Jesus was brought to the temple. “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel” Luke 2:29-32. Before a song of Mary, compline ends with the invocation “May the Lord grant us a quiet night and a peaceful death” to which all respond: “Amen!” This always is a somber reminder to be prepared for one’s own death and the coming of the angel at the end of our own lives. This weekend’s Biblical lessons praise the gift of “Wisdom.” “Resplendent and unfading is wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those who love her, and found by those who seek her” Wisdom 6:12. The Gospel story from Matthew clearly displays “wisdom” in action on the part of those who come prepared; waiting of the bridegroom even when he is delayed. They who are ready are welcomed to join in the wedding feast. Let us always be prepared; for “we do not know the day or the hour.”
VETERAN’S DAY 2017
“God, please let every veteran of our nation’s armed forces
feel truly and appropriately honored by the attention and appreciation
of their fellow citizens. Let no one feel forgotten or neglected.
Let every man and woman, young or old, feel the deep and enduring gratitude
of our nation and its inhabitants.”
ALL SOULS REMEMBRANCES take place in a special way during the month of November but are also remembered at Masses throughout the year. On your “All Souls Day” envelope there is room to name those whom you remember during this special time of the year. Place your loved ones name there, include a donation and place your “All Souls” envelope in any Sunday collection. These envelopes bearing your loved one’s name will be placed upon our Altar during the month of November and will be prayed for throughout the year. Book of Remembrance – In each of our Churches we have set up a “Book of Remembrance” where again we can list names of loved ones whom we remember in prayer. Please take some time through this month to participate in this act of remembrance.