Monthly Compline service at Saint Martin's open to all

September 21, 2010

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University will hold its first Compline (pronounced “complin”) prayer service of the year on Sunday, September 26 at 8:30 p.m. in the Abbey Church, following the regular student mass and reception. The service is a monthly sponsored collaboration between members of Saint Martin’s Abbey and Saint Martin’s University’s Department of Music and Office of Campus Ministry. All students, University staff and faculty, and members of the greater community are invited to attend and participate.

The English word Compline is derived from the Latin completorium, as Compline is the completion of the working day. “Saint Benedict named this short prayer service as the prayerful end of the day and the beginning of the Great Silence for his monks,” says Susan Leyster, director of campus ministry. “While it is the official final prayer of the day for Catholics, the service is open to all who wish to end the day with prayer.”

Says Professor Darrell Born, director of Saint Martin’s Chorale, “{Compline} is meant to be sung by the entire congregation. The music is taken directly from simple Gregorian chants and the texts are almost entirely taken from the Bible.” Brother Aelred Woodard, O.S.B. will conduct the advanced choir who will lead the singing.

The schedule for this Sunday’s services is as follows:

  • 7 p.m., Student Mass in the Abbey Church
  • 8 p.m., Reception in Old Main
  • 8:30 p.m., Compline prayer service in the Abbey Church

For the fall semester, the Compline service will be held on the last Sunday of each month: September 26, October 31, and November 28. For more information about the Compline service, please contact Susan Leyster at, or Darrell Born at

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 22 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Genevieve Canceko Chan
Vice president, marketing & communications
Saint Martin’s University