Wednesday, July 27
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m.


The Call to Prayer
Open my lips, O LORD,* and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Psalm 51:16

The Request for Presence
Gladden the soul of your servant,* for to you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
Psalm 86:4


The Greeting

Happy are the people whose strength is in you!* whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ way.
Psalm 84:4

The Reading

A Hymn of David

Bless the LORD, O my soul;* O LORD my God, how excellent is your greatness! You are clothed with majesty and splendor. You wrap yourself with light as with a cloak* and spread out the heavens as a curtain. You lay the beams of your chambers in the waters above;* you make the clouds your chariot; you ride on the wings of the wind. You make the winds your messengers* and flames of fire your servants. You have set the earth upon its foundations,* so that it never shall move at any time. You covered it with the Deep as with a mantle;* the waters stood higher than the mountains. At your rebuke they fled,* at the voice of your thunder they hastened away. They went up into the hills and down to the valleys beneath,* to the places you had appointed for them. You set the limits that they should not pass;* they shall not again cover the earth. You send the springs into the valleys;* they flow between the mountains. All the beasts of the wild drink their fill from them,* and the wild asses quench their thirst. Beside them the birds of the air make their nests* and sing among the branches. You water the mountains from your dwelling on high;* the earth is fully satisfied by the fruit of your works. You make grass grow for flocks and herds* and plants to serve mankind; That they may bring forth food from the earth,* and wine to gladden our hearts, Oil to make a cheerful countenance,* and bread to strengthen the heart. The trees of the LORD are full of sap,* the cedars of Lebanon which he planted, In which the birds build their nests,* and in whose top the stork makes his dwelling. The high hills are a refuge for the mountain goats,* and his stony cliffs for the rock badgers. You appointed the moon to mark the seasons,* and the sun knows the time of its setting. You make darkness that it may be night,* in which all the beasts of the forest prowl. The lions roar after their prey* and seek their food from God. The sun rises, and they slip away* and lay themselves down in their dens. Man goes forth to his work* and to his labor until evening. I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;* I will praise my God while I have my being. May these words of mine please him;* I will rejoice in the LORD.
Psalm 104:1–24, 34–35

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

I will exalt you, O God my King,* and bless your Name for ever and ever.
Psalm 145:1

The Vespers Psalm

I Commune with My Heart in the Night

I consider the days of old;* I remember the years long past; I commune with my heart in the night;* I ponder and search my mind.
Psalm 77:5–6

The Refrain

I will exalt you, O God my King,* and bless your Name for ever and ever.

The Gloria

Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia.* Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your Name. May your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Prayer Appointed for the Week

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon all your faithful people your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.†

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Lord God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ, triumphed over the powers of death and prepared for us our place in the new Jerusalem: Grant that I, who have this day given thanks for his resurrection, may praise you in the City of which he is the light, and where he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.†