Saturday, October 31
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m.


The Call to Prayer
Glory in his holy Name;* let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
Psalm 105:3

The Request for Presence
For God alone my soul in silence waits;* truly, my hope is in him.
Psalm 62:6


The Greeting

Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty,* God reveals himself in glory.
Psalm 50:2

The Hymn

O Zion, Haste

O Zion, haste, your mission high fulfilling, To tell to all the world that God is Light; That He who made all nations is not willing One soul should perish, lost in shades of night. Publish glad tidings, tidings of peace, Tidings of Jesus, redemption and release. Proclaim to every people, tongue, and nation That God, in whom they live and move, is Love: Tell how He stooped to save His lost creation, And died on earth that man might live above. Publish glad tidings, tidings of peace, Tidings of Jesus, redemption and release. Give of your sons to bear the message glorious; Give of your wealth to speed them on their way; Pour out your soul for them in prayer victorious; And all you spend dear Jesus will repay. Publish glad tidings, tidings of peace, Tidings of Jesus, redemption and release.
Mary Thomson

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

Let my mouth be full of your praise* and your glory all the day long.
Psalm 71:8

The Vespers Psalm

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

The heavens declare the glory of God,* and the firmament shows his handiwork. One day tells its tale to another,* and one night imparts knowledge to another. Although they have no words or language,* and their voices are not heard, Their sound has gone out into all lands,* and their message to the ends of the world. In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun;* it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber; it rejoices like a champion to run its course. It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens and runs about to the end of it again;* nothing is hidden from its burning heat.
Psalm 19:1-6

The Refrain

Let my mouth be full of your praise* and your glory all the day long.

The Cry of the Church

Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

The Lordís 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

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in me the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that I may obtain what you promise, make me love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.Ü

Concluding Prayers of the Church

Almighty God, who has promised to hear the petitions of those who ask in your Sonís Name: I beseech you mercifully to incline your ear to me who have made my prayers and supplications to you; and grant that those things which I have faithfully asked according to your will, may effectually be obtained, to the relief of my necessity, and to setting forth of your glory; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.Ü May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in eternal peace. Amen.