Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Monday, August 31, 2015
Pray. End of the Month.
As I started to unpack the last few mitts of great awareness on this 31st day of August, I knew what I would be writing about. Simeon’s song, at the end of Compline. (Also known as the Canticle of Simeon, or the Nunc dimittis.)
Simeon’s words were sung when the baby Jesus had been brought to the Temple. And, Simeon recognized who the baby Jesus was and what He would grow up to be and become. This reading from the Gospel of Luke holds huge significance to me. In the Lutheran church where I was a child, I remember the Nunc dimittis closing each Sunday morning worship service.
In the structure of Compline (or, Night Prayer), “The service concludes with 1) a calling on God for protection through the coming night and 2) a simple blessing.”  The Canticle of Simeon is a most appropriate ending to prayer.
I will miss these reflections on the website’s www.dailyoffice.org Evening Service. I have greatly appreciated this month. Tomorrow begins another month. Another practice of prayer.
It is so appropriate to close tonight’s prayer with the Nunc dimittis:
Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:
your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
A light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.
The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen.
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