Great Compline is served on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings of the first week of Great
Lent, each with the relevant quarter of the Great Canon and the specific Gospel reading. Great
Compline is also served on all subsequent Monday evenings of the Great Fast.
On Wednesday evenings in Great Lent, we do not need to serve Great Compline, but only the
Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. The Compline Gospel reading of the first week is
transferred to the Presanctified Liturgy. And Great Compline can be served on other occasions
as directed by our typikon.
In the first week of Great Lent, we sing all four parts of the “Great Canon of Repentance” by
Saint Andrew of Crete, which is divided amongst the Great Compline services of the first four
nights. We have provided appendices for the four sections of the Canon. Also in the first week,
we read from the Holy Gospel after the slumber prayers in front of the iconostasis. The Holy
Gospel lections are presented in this Great Compline text.