On First Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. the ancient rite of Compline is sung in our church.
St. Clare’s Episcopal Church in Blairsville offers a monthly service of Sung Compline, or “Prayers as Night Falls,” on the first Sunday of each month at 7:00pm. All are invited to attend the service, which lasts about 30 minutes.
Compline is a beautiful service which marks the end of the day in the Christian tradition. The service is contemplative in nature and emphasizes “the peace which passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). 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 at the beginning of the 6th century.
Begun in monastic settings, Compline is frequently led by a choir which has historically consisted of male voices only, and the St. Clare’s Compline Choir will follow this tradition. The Compline Choir, under the direction of Henry Batten, is open to all men in the community with a love for singing.
While sight reading skills do not have to be highly developed, it is necessary to be able to sing easily on pitch and to sing complex musical lines in unison with other singers and without instrumental accompaniment.
If you would like to sing in this new choir, or would like more information about the service itself, please contact the church office at 706-745-0607 or email to compline@StClaresEpiscopal.org.