Thursday, November 15
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m


The Call to Prayer
We will bless the LORD,* from this time forth for evermore. Hallelujah!
Psalm 115:18

The Request for Presence
Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause;* you set me free when I am hard-pressed; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
Psalm 4:1


The Greeting

Be exalted, O LORD, in your might;* we will sing and praise your power.
Psalm 21:14

The Hymn

Lord Jesus, think on me, And purge away my sin; From earth-born passions set me free, And make me pure within. Lord Jesus, think on me, With care and woe oppressed; Let your loving servant be, And taste your promised rest. Lord Jesus, think on me, Nor let me go astray; Through darkness and perplexity You point the heavenly way. Lord Jesus, think on me, That, when the flood is past, I may the eternal brightness see, And share your joy at last.
Synesius of Cyrene

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

. . . I call upon you all the day long.
Psalm 86:3

The Vespers Psalm

My Days Drift Away Like Smoke

LORD, hear my prayer, and let my cry come before you;* hide not your face from me in the day of my trouble. Incline your ear to me;* when I call, make haste to answer me, For my days drift away like smoke,* and my bones are hot as burning coals. My heart is smitten like grass and withered,* so that I forget to eat my bread. Because of the voice of my groaning* I am but skin and bones. I have become like a vulture in the wilderness,* like an owl among the ruins. I lie awake and groan;* I am like a sparrow, lonely on a house-top.
Psalm 102:1-7

The Refrain

. . . I call upon you all the day long.
Psalm 86:3

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, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, I may purify myself as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, I may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.†

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

For an angel of peace, faithful guardian and guide of our souls and our bodies, we beseech thee, O Lord.
Orthodox