Worship has been offered daily in Saint Patrick’s for centuries. So come and join us this Heritage Week as we journey through 700 years of worship with 5 services charting the liturgical heritage of this ancient house of prayer.
COMPLINE Monday 20th August at 5.30pm
To mark the Cathedral’s consecration in 1132, we begin with the ancient monastic office of Compline or “Night Prayer” which derives its name from a Latin word meaning ‘completion’ (completorium).
As is characteristic of monastic offices, Compline consists of psalms, short passages from scripture, an office hymn, a canticle (Nunc Dimittis), a litany, collects and additional prayers. In keeping with the earliest practices of the monastic communities, Compline is offered when the work of the day is completed, and the quietness of evening settles over the hearts and minds of those who have come together in thankfulness for the blessings of the day which has passed, and in anticipation of God’s gift of a new day.