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


The Call to Prayer
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,* and his mercy endures for ever.
Psalm 107:1

The Request for Presence
So teach us to number our days* that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
Psalm 90:12


The Greeting

Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions;* remember me according to your love and for the sake of your goodness, O LORD.

The Hymn

Near to the Heart of God

There is a place of quiet rest, Near to the heart of God; A place where sin cannot molest, Near to the heart of God. O Jesus, blest Redeemer, Sent from the heart of God, Hold us who wait before you Near to the heart of God. There is a place of comfort sweet, Near to the heart of God; A place where we and the Savior meet, Near to the heart of God. O Jesus, blest Redeemer, Sent from the heart of God, Hold us who wait before you Near to the heart of God. There is a place of full release, Near to the heart of God; A place where all is joy and peace, Near to the heart of God. O Jesus, blest Redeemer, Sent from the heart of God, Hold us who wait before you Near to the heart of God.
Cleland McAfee

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

Behold, God is my helper;* it is the Lord who sustains my life.
Psalm 54:4

The Vespers Psalm

The LORD Says, “You Are Children of the Most High”

God takes his stand in the council of heaven;* he gives judgment in the midst of the gods: “How long will you judge unjustly,* and show favor to the wicked? Save the weak and the orphan;* defend the humble and needy; Rescue the weak and the poor;* deliver them from the power of the wicked. They do not know, neither do they understand;* they go about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. Now I say to you, ‘You are gods,* and all of you children of the Most High; Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,* and fall like any prince.’ ” Arise, O God, and rule the earth,* for you shall take all nations for your own.
Psalm 82

The Refrain

Behold, God is my helper;* it is the Lord who sustains my life.

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

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant me so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that I may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.†

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that I, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of public worship, and grant as well that my Sabbath upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.†