What is Compline & Vespers? Learn More & Join Us!

Feb 28, 2020

Our next Compline is on 3/1 & Vespers is on 3/7

We invite you to join us for the next Compline & Vespers!

If you have never participated in the Vespers service at the Church of the Resurrection, you may be slightly intimidated on how to enter in. We plan to offer a special tutorial for those that would like to enter in using the simple chant melodies from the Mundelein Psalter. This is a particularly approachable vehicle for the singing of the Divine Offices from the Mundelein Seminary in Illinois. Check back on this site for further updates on this tutorial. It should also be said, that a person may also choose to actively participate through prayerful silence and will also be able to take much away from the experience.

Compline (from the word for “completion”), the last liturgy of prayers of the day, has been prayed in monasteries since the 6th century. It is prayed at our parish on (usually) the 1st Sunday of the month. Under musical director David Stattelman, the Schola approaches chanting Compline from the medieval style and perspective, that is, a fluid style with strong emphasis on conveying the meaning of the text and often with the addition vocal drones. The result is an experience listeners describe as “ethereal” and “contemplative.”

What to expect duing Compline: The church will be darkened. There will be print-outs at the South and East entrances you may use as a guide; this will have both the Latin and English. You may follow along with the guide or simply sit and listen. People of any faith are welcome to attend.

View this video of Compline at the Resurrection Chant Facebook page.

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