The transcendent quality of Gregorian chant and polyphony, along with the beauty of St. Paul’s Church bathed in candlelight, has made the service an oasis of peace and serenity in the lives of those who attend.
St. Paul’s compline service is entirely sung, with psalms and short passages from scripture, a hymn, a canticle (Nunc Dimittis), a litany, collects, additional prayers, and a Marian hymn. There is no sermon. A period of silence before, during, and following the service, allows time to pray and reflect.
Candles are lit at 7:50pm and the church remains open for 15 minutes or more after the service ends (usually around 8:40pm).