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Lent- Vespers

Vespers (6:00 P.M. Evening)


V. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

R. Amen.


V. O Lord, open thou our lips.

R. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.


V. Receive, O Lord, our prayers this hour

R. The offering to you of this day. Amen



Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God


ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father;

We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep.

We have offended against thy holy laws;

And there is no health in us.


A period of silence for reflection may follow. 


But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us;

Forgive us all our sins,

And grant that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,

To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.


O Lord, we beseech thee, mercifully hear our prayers, and grant us Absolution and Remission of all our sins, true repentance; amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of Thy Holy Spirit. Amen.


V. O Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from this body of death?

R. Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord! 


 V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

 R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.




A Selection from the Psalter or

One or more of the Psalms below is read


Psalm 85:7 Show us Thy lovingkindness, O LORD, and grant us Thy salvation.

 8 I will hear what God the LORD will say; For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones; but let them not turn back to folly.

 9 Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land.

 10 Lovingkindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

 11 Truth springs from the earth; and righteousness looks down from heaven.

 12 Indeed, the LORD will give what is good; and our land will yield its produce.

 13 Righteousness will go before Him, and will make His footsteps our pathway.


V. GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.




Psalm 32:1 How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered!

 2 How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit!

 3 When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.

 4 For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah.

 5 I acknowledged my sin to Thee, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"; And Thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin. 


V. GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.




Psalm 86:3 Be gracious to me, O Lord, For to Thee I cry all day long.

 4 Make glad the soul of Thy servant, For to Thee, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

 5 For Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon Thee.

 6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; and give heed to the voice of my supplications!

 7 In the day of my trouble I shall call upon Thee, for Thou wilt answer me.

 8 There is no one like Thee among the gods, O Lord; Nor are there any works like Thine.

 9 All nations whom Thou hast made shall come and worship before Thee, O Lord; And they shall glorify Thy name.

 10 For Thou art great and doest wondrous deeds; Thou alone art God.


V. GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.



Scripture Reading  

The following short lessons or another suitable passage is read


Isaiah 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His wounds we are healed.


 R. Thanks be to God.


Hebrews 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.


R. Thanks be to God.


Luke 5:31 And Jesus answered and said to them, "It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. 32 "I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance."


R. Thanks be to God.



V. Lord let my prayer be counted as incense before Thee;

R. And the lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.


V. The Lord be with you.

R. And with thy spirit.

V. Let us pray.


The Kyrie may be said in place of the Lord’s Prayer provided the Lord’s Prayer is said once during the morning hours and once during the evening hours


V. Lord, have mercy upon us.

R. Christ, have mercy upon us.

V. Lord, have mercy upon us.


OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.



V. O Lord, hear our prayer.

R. And let our cry come unto Thee.

V. Let us pray.


Here at least two prayers are said: the Collect of the day (from the past Sunday or specific for the day) and the first prayer provided below

If the Collect be already said, a prayer from the Additional Collects may be used or both prayers provided below may be used


ALMIGHTY Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, did institute the Sacrament of his Body and Blood; Mercifully grant that we may thankfully receive the same in remembrance of him, who in these holy mysteries giveth us a pledge of life eternal; the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who now lives and reigns with thee and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.


O Lord, who hast vouchsafed to redeem us by thy Blood and to bring us safely through this day; grant in these waning hours that our thoughts may be drawn to thee; so in joyful occupation and quiet meditation we may be refreshed from all our labors; this we ask in thy name, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.


Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we do give Thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and lovingkindness to us this day; And, we beseech thee, grant us the continual presence and help of thy Holy Spirit; that no unclean thoughts, unlawful designs, or inordinate desires, may be found within us this night; but that we may go to our rest in peace, and be preserved pure and blameless, unto the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.


V. Let Thy Saints be joyful in Thy glory.

R. Let all who take refuge in Thee be glad.


V. Bless the Lord.

R. Thanks be to God.


THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.


Here ends the Order for Vespers


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