Thursday, August 18, 2016

Art from the Atrium 
See what the children in the Atrium expressed through art as the processed their Atrium work.

Please let the children know that you have seen their important work, and that you know how beautiful it is.

How to Speak Episcopalian

Compline (BCP 127) is the last office of the day. Part of its beauty is that it is available to anyone and can be said anywhere. It includes a Confession (probably a good idea for everyone at the end of the day,) a Psalm or two, collects, and several prayers. It has a very peaceful feeling in preparation for bedtime, and can easily be adjusted for family use with children. 

Compline comes from the monastic tradition and was the last of the seven monastic offices sung at the very end of the day. At one point, it had been combined with Evening Prayer, but in the 1979 Prayer Book, it was restored to its proper place at the end of the day. Although it is a relatively brief office, it is peaceful and moving, ending with the beautiful nunc dimittis:(BCP 135)

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.

Next week: What is Chant?

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