The Compline Choir
The Compline Choir is an auditioned, ecumenical choir which sings the Compline by candlelight each Sunday evening. Made up of adults and students as young as high school, they rehearse at 7:30pm on Sunday evenings and then go straight into the 9:00pm service, ending the evening around 9:30pm. They sing a wide variety of music, but are grounded in Compline’s set order of worship, chanting the prayers and psalms.
Compline, or Night Prayer, is a Christian service of worship dating back to the monastic life in the Middle Ages. Compline, from the word completion, is sung in its entirety by the members of the Compline Choir as their offering to the Lord to commemorate the day’s end. In this light, the participation of the congregation is not outward, but inward. It is not vocal, but spiritual. In keeping with the earliest practices of the monastic communities, Compline is offered when the work of the day is completed, and the quietness of evening settles over the hearts and minds of those who have come together in thankfulness for the blessings of the day which has passed and in anticipation of God’s gift of new day. This service has its own Facebook page and has been written about in the Savannah Morning News.