|A form of prayer at specified times to
be used by individuals or groups. The Divine Hours includes morning,
midday, vespers (evening) and compline (before retiring)
offices, having roots in the biblical tradition. By
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The Vespers Office
To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m
| The Call to Prayer
Let Israel rejoice in his Maker;* let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise his Name in the dance;* let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp. For the LORD takes pleasure in his people* and adorns the poor with victory. Let the faithful rejoice in triumph;* let them be joyful on their beds.
| The Request for Presence
Show us your mercy, O LORD,* and grant us your salvation.
| The Greeting
Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice,* because of your judgments, O LORD.
Holy, Holy, Holy
|Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee; Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty, God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity! Holy, holy, holy, all the saints adore Thee, Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee, Which were and are, and evermore shall be. Holy, holy, holy, though the darkness hide Thee, Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory might not see; Only Thou art holy, there is none beside Thee, Perfect in power, in love, and purity. Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! All Thy works shall praise Thy name, in earth, and sky, and sea; Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty, God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity!|
| The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons
Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel* shall neither slumber nor sleep.
|The Vespers Psalm||
Out of Zion, Perfect in Its Beauty
|The LORD, the God of gods, has spoken;* he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty,* God reveals himself in glory. Our God will come and will not keep silence;* before him there is a consuming flame, and round about him is a raging storm. He calls the heavens and the earth from above* to witness the judgments of his people. "Gather before me my loyal followers,* those who have made a covenant with me and sealed it with a sacrifice." Let the heavens declare the righteousness of his cause;* for God himself is judge.|
| The Refrain
For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room,* and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.
| The Gloria
Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.
| 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
Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant that all of us may be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
| The Concluding Prayer of the Church
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks. All things are of your making, all times and seasons obey your laws, but you chose to create us in your own image, setting us over the whole world in all its wonder. You made us the steward of creation, to praise you day by day for the marvels of your wisdom and power.
|THE ROMAN MISSAL|
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