Monday, July 28
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m.


The Call to Prayer
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea thunder and all that is in it;* let the field be joyful and all that is therein. Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy before the LORD when he comes,* when he comes to judge the earth.
Psalm 96:11Ė12

The Request for Presence
May God be merciful to us and bless us,* show us the light of his countenance and come to us.
Psalm 67:1


The Greeting

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.

The Hymn

Hail to the Lordís Anointed

Hail to the Lordís Anointed, Great Davidís greater Son! Hail, in the time appointed, His reign on earth begun! He comes to break oppression, To set the captive free; To take away transgression, And rule in equity. He comes with succor speedy To those who suffer wrong, To help the poor and needy, And bid the weak be strong; To give them songs for sighing, Their darkness turn to light, Whose souls, condemned and dying, Were precious in his sight. Hail to the Lordís Anointed, Great Davidís greater Son! Hail, in the time appointed, His reign on earth begun! He comes to break oppression, To set the captive free; To take away transgression, And rule in equity.
James Montgomery

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

You strengthen me more and more;* you enfold and comfort me.
Psalm 71:21

The Vespers Psalm

O Mighty LORD, Your Faithfulness Is All Around Us

Who is like you, LORD God of hosts?* O mighty LORD, your faithfulness is all around you. You rule the raging of the sea* and still the surging of its waves. You have crushed Rahab of the deep with a deadly wound;* you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm. Yours are the heavens; the earth is yours also;* you laid the foundations of the world and all that is in it. You have made both the north and the south;* Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your name. You have a mighty arm;* strong is your hand and high is your right hand. Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne;* love and truth go before your face.
Psalm 89:8Ė14

The Refrain

You strengthen me more and more;* you enfold and comfort me.

The Cry of the Church

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on 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, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon all your faithful people your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.Ü

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend me, your humble servant, in all the assaults of my enemies; that I, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversary; through the might of Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.Ü