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Wednesday, October 17
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m.


The Call to Prayer
O tarry and await the LORD’s pleasure; be strong, and he shall comfort your heart;* wait patiently for the LORD.
Psalm 27:18

The Request for Presence
Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice;* let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
Psalm 130:1


The Greeting

For your Name’s sake, O LORD,* forgive my sin, for it is great.
Psalm 25:10

The Hymn

Come, Christians, Join to Sing

Come, Christians, join to sing: Alleluia! Amen! Loud praise to Christ our King: Alleluia! Amen! Let all, with heart and voice, before his throne rejoice; praise is his gracious choice. Alleluia! Amen! Come, lift your hearts on high: Alleluia! Amen! Let praises fill the sky: Alleluia! Amen! He is our guide and friend; to us he’ll condescend; his love shall never end: Alleluia! Amen! Praise yet the Lord again: Alleluia! Amen! Life shall not end the strain: Alleluia! Amen! On heaven’s blissful shore his goodness we’ll adore, singing for evermore: Alleluia! Amen!
Christian H. Bateman

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, Lord GOD of hosts;* let not those who seek you be disgraced because of me, O God of Israel.
Psalm 69:7

The Vespers Psalm

This God Is Our God For Ever and Ever

We have waited in silence on your loving-kindness, O God,* in the midst of your temple. Your praise, like your Name, O God, reaches to the world’s end;* your right hand is full of justice. Let Mount Zion be glad and the cities of Judah rejoice,* because of your judgments. Make the circuit of Zion; walk round about her;* count the number of her towers. Consider well her bulwarks; examine her strongholds;* that you may tell those who come after. This God is our God for ever and ever;* he shall be our guide for evermore.
Psalm 48:8–13

The Refrain

Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, Lord GOD of hosts;* let not those who seek you be disgraced because of me, O God of Israel.

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

Lord, I pray that your grace may always precede and follow me, that I may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.†

Concluding Prayers of the Church

Almighty God, who has promised to hear the petitions of those who ask in your Son’s Name: I beseech you mercifully to incline your ear to me who have made my prayers and supplications to you; and grant that those things which I have faithfully asked according to your will, may effectually be obtained, to the relief of my necessity, and to the setting forth of your glory; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.† May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in eternal peace. Amen.


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