The Office of Compline is the last of eight daily sung services prescribed for monastic orders since the founding on the Benedictines. Sung just before going to bed, the service is full of imagery equating night with death, and Jesus with light. The hymn for Compline, Te lucis ante terminum ("Before the light at end of day") and the canticle Nunc Dimittis (the Song of Simeon, sung just before his death) are standard features in a Compline service. Ancient orders for this service ended with an elaborate chant devote to the Virgin Mary.
Listed below are recordings of the Compline service and its music, or recordings by choirs who sing the Office of Compline as their primary activity.