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Sunday, December 16
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m

Third Week of Advent


The Call to Prayer
Praise the LORD, all you nations;* laud him, all you peoples. For his loving-kindness toward us is great,* and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever. . . .
Psalm 117:1–2

The Request for Presence
O LORD, do not forsake me;* be not far from me, O my God. Make haste to help me,* O Lord of my salvation.
Psalm 38:21–22


The Greeting

You are my refuge and shield;* my hope is in your word.
Psalm 119:114

The Hymn

There’s a song in the air! There’s a star in the sky! There’s a mother’s deep prayer and a baby’s low cry! And the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing, For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King! There’s a tumult of joy over the wonderful birth, For the Virgin’s sweet boy is the Lord of the earth. Ay! The star rains its fire while the beautiful sing, For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King! In the light of that star lie the ages impearled; And that song from afar has swept over the world. Every hearth is aflame, and the beautiful sing And we greet in His cradle our Savior and king!
Josiah Holland

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

. . . it is good for me to be near God;* I have made the Lord GOD my refuge.
Psalm 73:28

The Vespers Psalm

Great Things Have You Done, O LORD My God

I waited patiently upon the LORD;* he stooped to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the desolate pit, out of the mire and clay;* he set my feet upon a high cliff and made my footing sure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;* many shall see, and stand in awe, and put their trust in the LORD. Happy are they who trust in the LORD!* they do not resort to evil spirits or turn to false gods. Great things are they that you have done, O LORD my God! how great your wonders and your plans for us!* there is none who can be compared with you. Oh, that I could make them known and tell them!* but they are more than I can count.
Psalm 40:1–6

The Refrain

. . . it is good for me to be near God;* I have made the Lord GOD my refuge.
Psalm 73:28

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

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory now and for ever. Amen.†

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Save me, O Lord, while I am awake and keep me while I sleep, that I may wake in Christ and rest in peace.


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