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Monday, April 23
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m


The Call to Prayer
Come, let us sing to the LORD;* let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Psalm 95:1

The Request for Presence
May the glory of the LORD endure for ever;* may the LORD rejoice in all his works.
Psalm 104:32


The Greeting

How great is your goodness, O LORD! which you have laid up for those who fear you;* which you have done in the sight of all for those who put their trust in you.
Psalm 31:19

The Hymn

I Love to Tell the Story

I love to tell the story of unseen things above, Of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love. I love to tell the story, because I know it’s true; It satisfies my longings as nothing else can do. I love to tell the story, will be my theme in glory, To tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love. I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems Than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams. I love to tell the story, it did so much for me; And that is just the reason I tell it now to thee. I love to tell the story, will be my theme in glory, To tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love. I love to tell the story, for those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest. And when in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song, Will be the old, old story that I have loved so long. I love to tell the story, will be my theme in glory, To tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.
Katherine Hankey

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

I am small and of little account,* yet I do not forget your commandments.
Psalm 119:141

The Vespers Psalm

How Priceless Is Your Love, O LORD

Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens,* and your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the strong mountains, your justice like the great deep;* you save both man and beast, O LORD. How priceless is your love, O God!* your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings. They feast upon the abundance of your house;* you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the well of life,* and in your light we see light. Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you,* and your favor to those who are true of heart.
Psalm 36:5–10

The Refrain

I am small and of little account,* yet I do not forget your commandments.

The Small Verse

Those who sowed with tears* will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed,* will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.
Psalm 126:6–7

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, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that I, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ my Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen. †

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Almighty God, to whom our needs are known before we even ask, help me to ask only what accords with your will; and those good things which I dare not, or in my blindness I cannot ask, grant for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. †


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