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#422954 11/30/22 05:29 PM
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I have a random question concerning small Compline.

On days when Great Compline is prescribed, is it normative for those unable to attend Great Compline in person to still recite Little Compline at home. I am thinking of the the Great Fast, Christmas or Theophany. Or is there another practice that is traditionally done.

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Well given that in the Byzantine Church the Office isn’t an obligation imposed on individuals, I would say it is fine to read Small Compline at home rather than Great Compline. Monastics will have a cell rule that includes reciting the Jesus Prayer a number of times in place of an hour of the office. The Basilian Horologion suggested

Matins - 300 prayers
Vespers - 200 prayers
Compline - 150
For each of the 1st, 3rd, 6th and 9th Hours - 50 prayers
Midnight Hour - 300


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One may also pray two Kathismata of the Liturgical Psalter which would likewise substitute for Great Compline.


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