Saturday, May 25
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m


The Call to Prayer
Let my mouth be full of your praise* and your glory all the day long. Do not cast me off in my old age;* forsake me not when my strength fails.
Psalm 71:8–9

The Request for Presence
Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us,* as we have put our trust in you.
Psalm 33:22


The Greeting

To you I lift up my eyes,* to you enthroned in the heavens. As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters,* and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress. So my eyes look to the LORD my God,* until he shows me his mercy.
based on Psalm 123:1–3

The Hymn

You who claim the faith of Jesus, sing the wonders that were done When the love of God the Father over sin the victory won, When he made the Virgin Mary mother of his only Son. Hail Mary, full of grace. Blessed were the chosen people out of whom the Lord did come; Blessed was the land of promise fashioned for his earthly home; But more blessed far the mother, she who bore him in her womb. Hail Mary, full of grace. Therefore let all faithful people sing the honor of her name; Let the Church, in her foreshadowed, part in her thanksgiving claim; What Christ’s mother sang in gladness let Christ’s people sing the same. Hail Mary, full of grace.
Vincent Coles

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

In truth God has heard me;* he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
Psalm 66:17

The Vespers Psalm

Look Upon Him and Be Radiant

I will bless the LORD at all times;* his praise shall ever be in my mouth. I will glory in the LORD;* let the humble hear and rejoice. Proclaim with me the greatness of the LORD;* let us exalt his Name together. I sought the LORD, and he answered me* and delivered me out of all my terror. Look upon him and be radiant,* and let not your faces be ashamed. I called in my affliction and the LORD heard me* and saved me from all my troubles. The angel of the LORD encompasses those who fear him,* and he will deliver them. Taste and see that the LORD is good;* happy are they who trust in him!
Psalm 34:1–8

The Refrain

In truth God has heard me;* he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
Psalm 66:17

The Cry of the Church

O Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come unto you. Thanks be to God.
THE SHORT BREVIARY

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.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

Grant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be peaceably governed by your providence; and that your Church may joyfully serve you in confidence and serenity; 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

Grant, I pray, O Lord God, to me Your servant that I may evermore enjoy health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin be delivered from present sorrow and attain everlasting happiness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the Unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end.
adapted from THE SHORT BREVIARY