Ask a Question - or - Return to the Divine Office Forum Index

Question Title Posted By Question Date
Compline Lee Saturday, January 29, 2005


Re: what to do about Compline if you choose to anticipate Matins...the rubrics specify that Compline is the last prayer of the day, said before retiring, even if this is after midnight.

If one anticipates Matins, the only rubric is that it be prayed after Vespers, i.e., in the evening.

One would, then, pray Matins at c. 9:00 p.m., if one desired, and Compline before bed.

In the 1962 rubrics, on the contrary, Compline had to be prayed FIRST, and then anticipated Matins. The modern rubrics changed this.

Question Answered by Bro. Ignatius Mary, OLSM

Dear Lee:


However, since the Office of Readings can be said at any time of day, to recites tomorrow's Office of Readings today after Vespers seems unnecessary. If one wishes to recite the office of Readings in the evening, just recite today's Office of Readings.

God Bless,
Bro. Ignatius Mary