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Little Office of Compline

This is a Little Office of Compline, also compiled by Rev. Mother Marsha Emrick+, as an official prayer of the Order of St. Esclarmonde.  For those who are unable to keep the 8 canonical hours of the day, Prime and Compline are most excellent practices: one to begin the day in praise of the Father and Mother, and the other to end the day, not only in praise, but also in examination of oneself.

The Office of Compline
To be said prior to retiring for the evening.

In the Name of the One + True Father, in Barbelo, the Mother of all, in the union of the Christosophia, peace be to all on whom this Name reposes. Amen.

O Blessed One, Lady of the Stars, Who wraps the night around me as Her sweet smelling hair, remain with me as the moon ascendeth to the heavens. Amen.

O Heavenly Paraclete, the comforter, Sprit of Truth, Who art in all places and endurest all things, Treasury of endless good, and Well of infinite compassion: Come and take up thine abode in me, and cleanse me of every obscuration; and liberate my soul, O Perfect One. Amen.

Repeat thrice:
O Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, shed Thy glory upon me.
(or Hagios ho theos, Hagios ischyros, Hagios athanatos, eleison imas.)

Glory be to the Father ,and to the Mother, and to the Holy Child;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, unto the æons of æons. Amen.

O God from Whom all desires for Gnosis, all good counsels, and all just works proceed; give unto Thy servant that peace and wisdom which the world cannot give; both that my heart may be set to be inclined to Thy divine inspiration, and also that by Thee, I being defended from fear of all evil may pass my days in serenity and peace; through Christ, our indwelling Lord. Amen.

On taking to sleep, Heavenly Father, I sing Thy praises and dare say to Thee again with mindfulness the prayer that the Divine Master taught us:

Our Father who art in the depths of the Æons, may Thy Holy Sophia and Christ be understood and adored in all the Universe; may the kingdom of Thy Holy Spirit come to us, may Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our spiritual food, the strength and courage to earn bread for our body. And forgive us our digressions from Thy Law, as our Assembly forgives the penitent. Support us in our weakness, so that we are not carried away by our passions, and deliver us from the deceptive mirages of the archons. For we have no other king than Thy beloved Son, the Christ our Savior, Whose is the kingdom and the triumph and the glory unto the æons of æons. Amen.

Calling to remembrance our most holy, undefiled, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Mother of the Æons and ever-blessed Sophia, with all the Saints, I commend myself and my life unto Christ, my Lord.

O Queen of Heaven, Celestial Bride, Holy Sophia, grant me Thy Wisdom that I might not stumble in darkness. Bless me that even in sleep I may walk in Thy ways, and remain in the Gnosis of who I am, of where I am from, and whither I am hastening, that the rest of my days may be the best of my days, and that I may experience the resurrection now, and in the life to come. Amen.

Burn incense if desired

Hear me, O Lord. Let my prayer be set forth in Thy sight as incense, and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.

Hymn

O gladsome radiance of the holy glory of the Father immortal, heavenly, holy, blessed Christ! In that we are now come unto the setting of the sun, and behold the light of even, we hymn Thee, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: God. For it is meet that at all times Thou shouldst be magnified by voices propitious, O Son of God, Who bestoweth life. For which cause all the world doth glorify Thee.

Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, God of truth.
Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of Thine eye.
Shelter me under the shadow of Thy Wings.
Protect me, O Lord, while I am awake, and safeguard me while I sleep,
That I may keep watch with Christ, and rest in peace

Glory be to the Father, to the Mother, and to the Holy Child;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, unto the æons of æons. Amen.

O Glorious Godhead of the Æons, Thou Who art surrounded by the radiant presence of the host of holy angels and messengers of light, hear my prayer, and listen to my supplications which rise from this world of shadows toward Thine abode of unending light.
Night has spread its veil over me, everything invites me to meditate. I raise my thoughts to Thee, O Divine Propator, and I come into Thy presence. Blessed be my heavenly Father and Mother. I search my heart, so that I my go forth in spirit, and gather the sparks of Light from the sea of forgetfulness.

Examination of Conscience
Read and meditate on each line of the Examen

Did I hide my religious thoughts when, on the contrary, I should have expressed them clearly?
Have I mixed the name of God with words of impatience, anger, lying, or thoughtlessness?
Have I at all times had a firm will, and have I always subjected it to the light of reason?
Have I always preserved my honor?
Have I always been moderate in prosperity, and patient in adversity?
Have I been angry?
Have I been proud, vain, or haughty?
Have I always treated my neighbor as a brother, and with love?
Have I acted out of hatred or vengeance?
Have I abstained from gossip, from slander, and from rash judgments?
Have I put right the wrong caused to my fellow beings?
Have I always told the truth?
Have I always kept my word when it was given?
Finally, have I filled my day well?

These, O my Father, are my faults; I admit them before Thee, and even though Thou seest into the depths of my heart, I confess them to Thee nevertheless, and I admit them before heaven and earth. In thought, word and deed, O God, my Father, I have wandered from the path that leads to liberation. O my God and my Father, I have missed the mark Thou has set for me; break the hardness of my heart, and by Thine infinite strength and goodness make it receptive to the Truth of Thy Gnosis, and in Thy loving-kindness forgive me, O my God, for all the wrong that I have done and caused to be done; forgive me for all the good I have not done, and which I should have done, or that I have done badly; forgive me for all my wrongdoings which I know, and also for those which I do not know, from all my lifetimes, even until today, that I may be worthy to call myself Thy child, and may partake in the inheritance of the Kingdom of the Light. Amen.

Lord, O divine Propator, who art the Father of the Lights, and the Protector of all those who trust in Thee, deign to take me in Thy holy protection during this night and keep me from all earthly dangers, and spiritual perils. During the sleep of my body make my soul watch in Thee. Subdue in me all wrong desires; make my conscience enjoy a holy tranquility; take far from me all evil thoughts, and all the dangerous illusions of the Archons. Grant Thy powerful protection to all whom I love; my parents, my friends, and to all those who make up the household of the Gnosis, and to all human spirits still wandering in this place of exile, whether they be in the body or out of the body.

Closing Psalm

I will bless the Lord who giveth me counsel; even in the night my heart doth exhort me. It is vain to rise up early, to put off rest, for God giveth to his beloved in sleep. Day poureth out the word today, and night unto night imparteth Gnosis. Day-by-Day the Lord bestoweth his grace, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit searcheth me diligently. I consider the days of old, the years long past. For a thousand years in Thy sight, O Lord are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
Give light to mine eyes, O Lord, that I may not sleep in death. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be my light. Yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee, but to Thee the darkness and the light are both alike; the night shineth as the day.
The Lord who keepeth me will not sleep. Behold, He will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is my keeper; the Lord is my shade upon my right hand. The sun shall not smite me by day, nor the moon by night. I shall not fear. I shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flieth by day. The Lord shall preserve me from all evil; He shall preserve my soul. As soon as I lie down, I fall peacefully asleep, for Thou alone, O Lord, keep watch upon my dwelling. The Lord shall preserve my going out, and my coming in from this time forth, and forevermore. Praise be to Thee, O Lord.

Closing Prayers

Lord, O Divine Propator, Who art the Father of the lights, and the Mother of compassion, the protector of all who trust in Thee: deign to take me in Thy holy protection during this night, and keep me from all danger, and from every peril. During the sleep of my body, make my soul watch in Thee. Subdue in me all wrong desires; make my conscience enjoy a holy tranquility; take far from me evil thoughts, and all the dangerous illusions of the Archon. Grant Thy powerful protection to my relations, to my friends, and to all those who make up the family of Gnostics, and generally to all people. Father, as I fall asleep, I place my confidence in Thee and in the double and shining star of the Pleroma. Amen.

Let the Light of the Divine Soul illumine all beings and myself. That all may be guarded from distress and want; that all our days be perfect, holy and peaceful: That what is good and profitable for our souls, and for the peace of the whole world may be granted us: That the rest of our lives may be spent in the Gnosis of Truth. So let the Light of the Divine Soul illumine all beings.

Hail Sophia filled with light, the Christ is with Thee. Blessed art Thou amongst the Æons, and blessed is the liberator of Thy light, Jesus. Holy Sophia, Mother of all gods, pray for us Thy children, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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