Wednesday, April 23
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m.


The Call to Prayer
But I will call upon God,* and the LORD will deliver me. In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday, I will complain and lament,* and he will hear my voice. He will bring me safely back . . . God, who is enthroned of old, will hear me.
Psalm 55:17ff

The Request for Presence
I cry out to you, O LORD;* I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”
Psalm 142:5


The Greeting

I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD;* I will sing praises to you among the nations.

The Hymn

We Walk by Faith

We walk by faith And not by sight; No gracious words we hear From him who spoke As none ever spoke; But we believe him near. We may not touch His hands and side, Nor follow where he trod; But in his promise We rejoice; and cry, “My Lord and God!” Help then, O Lord, Our unbelief; And may our faith abound, To call on you When you are near, And seek where you are found: That, when our life Of faith is done, In realms of clearer light We may behold You as You are, With full and endless sight.
Henry Alford

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

The LORD will hear the desire of the humble;* you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear.
Psalm 10:18

The Vespers Psalm

Let All Who Seek You Rejoice

You are the LORD; do not withhold your compassion from me;* let your love and your faithfulness keep me safe for ever, For innumerable troubles have crowded upon me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see;* they are more in number than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails me. Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me;* O LORD, make haste to help me. Let them be ashamed and altogether dismayed who seek after my life to destroy it;* let them draw back and be disgraced who take pleasure in my misfortune. Let those who say “Aha!” and gloat over me be confounded* because they are ashamed. Let all who seek you rejoice in you and be glad;* let those who love your salvation continually say, “Great is the LORD!” Though I am poor and afflicted,* the Lord will have regard for me. You are my helper and my deliverer,* do not tarry, O my God.
Psalm 40:12–19

The Refrain

The LORD will hear the desire of the humble;* you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear.

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

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of my faith, that I may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. †

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Lead me not into temptation. Deliver me from evil. Yours are the kingdom and the glory.