Monday, November 28
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m

The Call to Prayer
I will call upon God,* and the LORD will deliver me. In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday, I will complain and lament,* and he will hear my voice. He will bring me safely back . . .* God, who is enthroned of old, will hear me.
Psalm 55:17ff

The Request for Presence
You are the LORD; do not withhold your compassion from me;* let your love and your faithfulness keep me safe for ever.
Psalm 40:12

The Greeting

I remember your Name in the night, O LORD,* and dwell upon your law.
Psalm 119:55

The Hymn

Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us. For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea, I thank you, Lord. For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ, I thank you, Lord. For my daily food and drink, my home and family, and friends, I thank you, Lord. For a mind to think, and a heart to love, and hands to serve, I thank you, Lord. For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play, I thank you, Lord. For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity, I thank you, Lord. For all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice, I thank you, Lord. For the communion of saints, in all times and places, I thank you, Lord. Above all, I give you thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord; to him be praise and glory, with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.†

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

Unless the LORD watches over the city,* in vain the watchman keeps his vigil.
Psalm 127:2

The Vespers Psalm

Proclaim the Things That He Has Done

But the LORD is enthroned for ever;* he has set up his throne for judgment. It is he who rules the world with righteousness;* he judges the peoples with equity. The LORD will be a refuge for the oppressed,* a refuge in time of trouble. Those who know your Name will put their trust in you,* for you never forsake those who seek you, O LORD. Sing praise to the LORD who dwells in Zion;* proclaim to the peoples the things he has done.
Psalm 9:7-11

The Refrain

Unless the LORD watches over the city,* in vain the watchman keeps his vigil.
Psalm 127:2

The Small Verse

Open, Lord, my eyes that I may see. Open, Lord, my ears that I may hear. Open, Lord, my heart and my mind that I may understand. So shall I turn to you and be healed.

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

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your wellbeloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; 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, I may effectually obtain, 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.