Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”; and when he had said this he breathed his last (Lk. 23:46).

complineAt this last Hour of the day, Holy Mother Church places on our lips the In Manus Tua Domine. Sleep is a symbol and image of death, and before departing for our night’s rest, we examine our conscience, ask pardon for our sins and omissions, and commend ourselves to God. At 9:00 p.m. we retire to our rest in order to refresh our bodies and spirits for a new Eucharistic day, in which we will continue the Canticle of Praise.

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