Sunday, August 20
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m.


The Call to Prayer
May these words of mine please him;* I will rejoice in the LORD.
Psalm 104:35

The Request for Presence
Restore us, O God of hosts;* show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
Psalm 80:7


The Greeting

The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. Amen.
Traditional Greeting

The Hymn

Mother of Christ

Mother of Christ, Mother of Christ, The world will bid Him flee, Too busy to heed His gentle voice, Too blind His charms to see. Then, Mother of Christ, Mother of Christ, Come with thy Babe to me; Though the world be cold, my heart shall hold Ashelter for Him and for Thee.
A Notre Dame Hymn

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

I commune with my heart in the night;* I ponder and search my mind.
Psalm 77:6

The Vespers Psalm

I Will Thank You Because I Am Marvelously Made

For you yourself created my inmost parts;* you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will thank you because I am marvelously made;* your works are wonderful, and I know it well. My body was not hidden from you,* while I was being made in secret and woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were written in your book;* they were fashioned day by day, when as yet there was one of them. How deep I find your thoughts, O God!* how great is the sum of them! If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand;* to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.
Psalm 139:12–17

The Refrain

I commune with my heart in the night;* I ponder and search my mind.

The Small Verse

The Lord is my shepherd and nothing is wanting to me. In green pastures He hath settled me.
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.

The Prayer Appointed for the Week

Almighty God, who has given your only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin and also an example of his godly life: Give me grace that I may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit and also daily endeavor myself to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.†

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace. Amen.