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Sunday, January 21
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m


The Call to Prayer
Sing to the LORD a new song;* sing to the LORD, all the whole earth. For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised;* he is more to be feared than all gods.
Psalm 96:1, 4

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


The Greeting

Your way, O God, is holy;* who is so great a god as our God?
Psalm 77:13

The Hymn

We sing the glorious conquest before Damascus’ gate, When Saul, the Church’s spoiler, came spreading fear and hate. God’s light shone down from heaven and broke across the path His presence pierced and blinded the zealot in his wrath. O Voice that spoke within him; O strong, reproving Word; O Love that sought and held him a prisoner of his Lord; Help us to know your kingship that we, in every hour, In all that may confront us, will trust your hidden power. Your grace, by ways mysterious, our sinful wrath can bind, And in those least expected, true servants you can find. In us you seek disciples to share your cross and crown And give you final service in glory at your throne.
John Ellerton

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

He will judge the world with righteousness* and the peoples with his truth.
Psalm 96:13

The Vespers Psalm

Bless the LORD, All You Servants of the LORD

Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD,* you that stand by night in the house of the LORD. Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the LORD;* the LORD who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.
Psalm 134

The Refrain

He will judge the world with righteousness* and the peoples with his truth.

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

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.†

Concluding Prayers of the Church

Heavenly Father, Shepherd of your people, we thank you for your servant Paul, who was faithful in the care and nurture of your flock; and I pray that, following his example and the teaching of his holy life, I may by your grace grow into the stature of the fullness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.† Almighty God, whose beloved Son willingly endured the agony and shame of the cross for our redemption: Give me courage to take up my cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.†


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