Friday, May 22
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m


The Call to Prayer
Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD,* you that stand by night in the house of our LORD.
Psalm 134:1

The Request for Presence
For God alone my soul in silence waits;* from him comes my salvation.
Psalm 62:1


The Greeting

Yours is the day, yours also the night;* you established the moon and the sun. You fixed all the boundaries of the earth;* you made both summer and winter.
Psalm 74:15Ė16

The Hymn

Jam Sol Recedit Igneus

The setting sun now dies away, And darkness comes at close of day; Your brightest beams, dear Lord, impart, And let them shine within our hearts. We praise your name with joy this night: Please watch and guide us till the light; Joining the music of the blessed, O Lord, we sing ourselves to rest. To God the Father, God the Son, And Holy Spirit, Three in one, Trinity blessed, whom we adore. Be praise and glory evermore.
Latin

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

The LORDís will stands fast for ever,* and the designs of his heart from age to age.
Psalm 33:11

The Vespers Psalm

The LORD Shall Reign For Ever

Hallelujah! Praise the LORD, O my soul!* I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth,* for there is no help in them. When they breathe their last, they return to earth,* and in that day their thoughts perish. Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help!* whose hope is in the LORD their God; Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them;* who keeps his promise for ever; Who gives justice to those who are oppressed,* and food to those who hunger. The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind;* the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous; the LORD cares for the stranger;* he sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked. The LORD shall reign for ever,* your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah!
Psalm 146

The Refrain

The LORDís will stands fast for ever,* and the designs of his heart from age to age.

The Cry of the Church

Even so come, Lord Jesus!

The Lordís 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 merciful God, in your goodness keep me, I pray, from all things that may hurt me, that I, being ready both in mind and body, may accomplish with a free heart those things which belong to your purpose; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Ü

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

May Almighty God grant me a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen.