Thursday, October 30
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m.


The Call to Prayer
Come, let us sing to the LORD;* let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving* and raise a loud shout to him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God,* and a great King above all gods. In his hands are the caverns of the earth,* and the heights of the hills are his also. The sea is his, for he made it,* and his hands have molded the dry land.
Psalm 95:1-5

The Request for Presence
To you I lift up my eyes,* to you enthroned in the heavens.
Psalm 123:1


The Greeting

I put my trust in your mercy;* my heart is joyful because of your saving help.
Psalm 13:5

The Hymn

O God of love, O King of peace, Make wars throughout the world to cease; The wrath of sinful man restrain: Give peace, O God, give peace again! Remember, Lord, your works of old, The wonders that our fathers told; Remember not our sin’s dark stain: Give peace, O God, give peace again! Whom shall we trust but you, O Lord? Where rest but on Your faithful word? Non ever called on you in vain: Give peace, O God, give peace again! Where saints and angels dwell above, All hearts are knit in holy love; O bind us in that heavenly chain: Give peace, O God, give peace again!
Sir Henry W. Baker

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

For we are your people and the sheep of your pasture;* we will give you thanks for ever and show forth your praise from age to age.
Psalm 79:13

The Vespers Psalm

Those Who Sowed with Tears Will Reap with Songs of Joy

When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,* then were we like those who dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter,* and our tongue with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations,* “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us,* and we are glad indeed. Restore our fortunes, O LORD,* like the watercourses of the Negev. Those who sowed with tears* will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed,* will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.
Psalm 126:1-7

The Refrain

For we are your people and the sheep of your pasture;* we will give you thanks for ever and show forth your praise from age to age.

The Cry of the Church

O God, come to my assistance! O Lord, make haste to help me!

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

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.†

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

May God, the Lord, bless us with heavenly benediction, and make us pure and holy in his sight. May the riches of his glory abound in us. May He instruct us with the word of truth, inform us with the Gospel of salvation, and enrich us with his love, Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Gelasian Sacramentary