Saturday, January 19
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m


The Call to Prayer
Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD,* you that stand by night in the house of the LORD.
Psalm 134:1

The Request for Presence
My soul waits for the LORD, more than watchmen for the morning,* more than watchmen for the morning.
Psalm 130:5


The Greeting

You, O LORD, are my lamp;* my God, you make my darkness bright. With you I will break down an enclosure;* with the help of my God I will scale any wall.
Psalm 18:29–30

The Hymn

Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne. Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own. Awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee, And hail him as your matchless King through all eternity. Crown him the Lord of life, who triumphed over the grave, And rose victorious in the strife for those he came to save. His glories now we sing, who died, and rose on high, Who died, eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die. Crown him the Lord of peace, whose power a scepter sways From pole to pole, that wars may cease, and all be prayer and praise. His reign shall know no end, and round his pierced feet Fair flowers of paradise extend their fragrance ever sweet. Crown him the Lord of love, behold his hands and side, Those wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified. All hail, Redeemer, hail! For you have died for me, Your praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity.
Matthew Bridges

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

I lie down and go to sleep;* I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.
Psalm 3:5

The Vespers Psalm

You Made Me Glad, O LORD

It is a good thing to give thanks to the LORD,* and to sing praises to your Name, O Most High; To tell of your loving-kindness early in the morning* and of your faithfulness in the night season; On the psaltery, and on the lyre,* and to the melody of the harp. For you have made me glad by your acts, O LORD;* and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands.
Psalm 92:1–4

The Refrain

I lie down and go to sleep;* I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.

The Cry of the Church

O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me. O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me. O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, grant me your peace.

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 God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.†

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that I, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of public worship, and grant as well that my Sabbath upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.†