Wednesday, February 10
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m


The Call to Prayer
Open my lips, O Lord,* and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice,* but you take no delight in burnt-offerings. The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit;* and a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Psalm 51:16–18

The Request for Presence
Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer,* and attend to the voice of my supplications.
Psalm 86:6


The Greeting

I give you thanks, O God, I give you thanks,* calling upon your Name and declaring all your wonderful deeds.
adapted from Psalm 75:1

The Hymn

Praise the Lord through every nation; His holy arm has brought salvation; Exalt him on his Father’s throne. Praise your King, you Christian legions, Who now prepares in heavenly regions Unfailing mansions for his own: With voice and minstrelsy Extol his majesty, Raise your anthem now! His praise shall sound All nature round, and hymns on every tongue abound. Jesus, Lord, our captain glorious, Over sin and death, and hell victorious, Wisdom and might to you belong: We confess, proclaim, adore you; We bow the knee, we fall before you; Your love henceforth will be our song. The cross meanwhile we bear, The crown ere long to wear; Raise your anthem now! Your reign extend World without end; Let praise from all to you ascend.
Rhijnvis Feith

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

For you are my hope, O Lord GOD,* my confidence since I was young.
Psalm 71:5

The Vespers Psalm

May All the Nations Bless Themselves in Him and Call Him Blessed

Long may he live! and may there be given to him gold from Arabia;* may prayer be made for him always, and may they bless him all the day long. May there be abundance of grain on the earth, growing thick even on the hilltops;* may its fruit flourish like Lebanon, and its grain like grass upon the earth. May his Name remain for ever and be established as long as the sun endures;* may all the nations bless themselves in him and call him blessed.
Psalm 72:15–17

The Refrain

For you are my hope, O Lord GOD,* my confidence since I was young.

The Small Verse

The Lord is my shepherd and nothing is wanting to me. In green pastures He has settled me.

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 strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept my prayers; and because in my weakness I can do nothing good without you, give me the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments I may please you in both will and deed; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. †

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Visit, I beseech you, O Lord, this dwelling and drive far from it all the snares of the enemy; let Your holy angels dwell herein, who may keep us in peace, and let Your blessing always be upon me. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God. World without end. Amen.
adapted from THE SHORT BREVIARY