|Photo by Sara Ferebee, one of my students|
Before the ending of the dayI am also struck by the beauty of the antiphon for the Nunc Dimittis (Simeon's prayer), particularly as it is chanted by the monks:
creator of the world we pray
that with thy gracious favour thou
wouldst be our guard and keeper now.
From fears and terrors of the night
defend us Lord by thy great might
and when we close our eyes in sleep
let hearts with Christ their vigil keep.
O Father, this we ask be done
through Jesus Christ thine only Son
who with the Paraclete and thee
now lives and reigns eternally.
Lord, save us, save us while we are awake,The Abbey recently uploaded a video of the monks chanting Compline, and I encourage you to rest in it, to pray it with the monks before you go to bed this evening. The text for the office can be found here. Here's the video (the hymn can be heard from 0:54-2:21 and the antiphon from 8:41-9:17, as well as after the Nunc Dimittis):
protect us while we are asleep
that we may keep our watch with Christ
and when we sleep, rest in his peace.