SAINT MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS ANNOUNCES SPECIAL IN-PERSON CANDLELIT COMPLINE SERVICE COMMEMORATING SEPTEMBER 11
Webcast Choral Compline will continue every Sunday night at 8 pm starting September 25
For more information contact Jonathan Ryan, Director of Music.
DALLAS - September 9, 2022 – This Sunday, September 11, 2022, Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal will be holding a special "Candlelit Compline" Service Commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks. The service will be unique in that is a capella--entirely sung, with no speaking or instruments, inviting the attendees into a beautiful moment of peace and introspection as the voices and intricate harmonies embrace them in the candlelight. The service is based on ancient rituals, has a running time is just short of 30 minutes and will be followed by a reception.
Sunday, September 11
Doors open at 7:30 PM
Service at 8 p.m.
Reception at 8:30 p.m.
2022-2023 SAINT MICHAEL CHORAL COMPLINE SEASON
The special event above kicks is the first of five in-person compline offerings scheduled throughout the year. September 25 will be the kickoff of the online compline webcasts, which will run every Sunday at 8pm, in addition to the in-person moments.
Attendees of in-person compline can look forward to a candlelit room, a priest officiant, processing, incense, and reception at 8:30 p.m following sung prayers. For each service, the main doors on Douglas Avenue will be open at 7:30 pm with the service starting at 8 pm.
An overview of the 2022-2023 in-person dates:
September 11 – Commemorating 9/11
November 20 – Holiday de-stress
January 8 – Light through darkness
February 26 – Called to beauty
April 23 – Care for the Earth
“We welcome everyone who wishes to attend this entirely sung, meditative service and find peace during the season,” said Jonathan Ryan, Director of Music and Organist. “The particular liturgical aesthetic of our Compline is aimed at concluding our weekend with reflection, calm and peace. Compline is an ideal setting for those who may not regularly attend church.”
From a historical perspective, this service does not use the spoken word or instruments is based on an ancient ritual also known as Prayers at the End of the Day. Lasting a little less than 30 minutes and in a candlelit church, this liturgy centers around the Psalms, Scripture and prayers taken from Scripture. In the early church, seven fixed prayer times were taught, and Compline was the last prayer said before bedtime. Derived from the Latin ‘completorium’, the English word is “complete.”
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