Wednesday, March 21
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m

Friday, Fourth Week of Lent

The Call to Prayer
Search for the LORD and his strength;* continually seek his face.
Psalm 105:4

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

Hail, O Once Despised Jesus

Hail, O once despised Jesus! Hail, O Galilean King! You suffered to release us; Free salvation did you bring: Hail, O agonizing Savior, Bearer of our sin and shame! By Your merits we find favor; Life is given through Your Name. Paschal Lamb, by God appointed, All our sins on You were laid; By almighty love anointed, You have full atonement made: All Your people are forgiven, Through the virtue of Your blood; Opened is the gate of heaven, Made is peace ’tween man and God. Worship, honor, power, and blessing, You are worthy to receive; Loudest praises, without ceasing, Right it is for us to give: Help, you bright angelic spirits, Bring your sweetest, noblest ways; Help to sing our Savior’s merits, Help to chant Immanuel’s praise.
John Bakewell

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 Law of the LORD Revives the Soul

The law of the LORD is perfect and revives the soul;* the testimony of the LORD is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent. The statutes of the LORD are just and rejoice the heart;* the commandment of the LORD is clear and gives light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean and endures for ever;* the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold,* sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb. By them also is your servant enlightened,* and in keeping them there is great reward.
Psalm 19:7–11

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 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, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant that I, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear my cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. †

Concluding Prayers of the Church

Almighty God, who has promised to hear the petitions of those who ask in your Son’s 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 the setting forth of your glory; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen. † May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in eternal peace. Amen.