Compline is a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. It is most effective when the ending is indeed an ending, without additions, conversation or noise. If there is an address, or business to be done, it should come first. If the service is in church, those present depart in silence; if at home they go quietly to bed.


Taize is an ecumenical sung and silent particupatory prayer service designed to achieve a contemplative state through music, song and silence.