Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Project: Simeon's Compline Canticle

"Salva nos, Domine, vigilantes, custodi nos dormientes; ut vigilemus cum Christo, et requiescamus in pace" 
"Protect us Lord, while we are awake, and safeguard us while we sleep, that we may keep watch with Christ and rest in peace."

This passage from Simeon's Canticle has been glorified by Holy Mother Church by it's use in the office of Compline. Every night, this prayer is said in monastieries, convents, and homes across the world. It brings with it a certain sense of peace in the giving to God the actions of the day, while intrusting the night into His care. 

Being a personal favorite prayer of my own, I was delighted when commissioned by a customer to reproduce this prayer as a framable wall art to be hung above their children's bedrooms. Combining family devotions to the Sacred and Immaculate Heart with shimmering stars and sky blue thread, our goal was to represent the protection of Heaven upon his faithful children through the use of stitches. 

The rest is in the hands of an expert framing specialist. What do you think? 

What are your family's favorite devotions before bed?

1 comment:

  1. LOVE IT, of course! :). Well said, Mary, well said. We love praying compline together, and we have a series of prayers we usually say before bed. One of by other favorites is by Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson.

    God keep this house from roof to floor.
    The twelve apostles guard the door.
    Four great angels round by bed
    Two at my feet and two at my head.
    Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
    Bless the bed that I lie on
    Here I lie for to sleep
    I pray to God my soul to keep.
    If I should die before I wake
    I give to God my soul to take. Amen.