Compline Taize' - December 4, 11, 18 at 5:30pm Thankful for day that is past? Come and give thanks and ask for God's protection through the coming night. This ancient and simple service lasts about 30 minutes and gives one a chance to slow down, pause and thank God for the day that is past, and is set with candlelight and chant. Known as Compline (pronounced comp-lin), it is also known as Night Prayer, or Prayers at the End of the Day, and is the final church service of the day in the Christian tradition of canonical hours. The English word Compline is derived from the Latin completorium, as Compline is the completion of the working day. The word was first used in this sense about the beginning of the 6th century by St. Benedict in his Rule. Compline tends to be a contemplative Office that emphasizes spiritual peace. In many monasteries it is the custom to begin the "Great Silence" after Compline, during which the whole community, including guests, observes silence throughout the night until the morning service the next day.