Wednesday, November 13
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m


The Call to Prayer
Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous,* and give thanks to his holy Name.
Psalm 97:12

The Request for Presence
Send forth your strength, O God;* establish, O God, what you have wrought for us.
Psalm 68:28


The Greeting

One generation shall praise your works to another* and shall declare your power.
Psalm 145:4

The Hymn

As the Bridegroom to His Chosen

As the bridegroom to his chosen, As the king unto his realm, As the keep unto his castle, As the pilot to the helm, So, Lord, are you to me. As the fountain in the garden, As the candle in the dark, As the treasure in the coffer, As the manna in the ark, So, Lord, are you to me. As the music at the banquet, As the stamp unto the seal, As the medicine to the fainting, As the winecup at the meal, So, Lord, are you to me. As the ruby in the setting, As the honey in the comb, As the light within the lantern, As the father in the home, So, Lord, are you to me. As the sunshine in the heavens, As the image in the glass, As the fruit unto the fig tree, As the dew upon the grass, So, Lord, are you to me.
John Tauler

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

The hills stand about Jerusalem;* so does the LORD stand round about his people, from this time forth for evermore.
Psalm 125:2

The Vespers Psalm

Your Love Is Before My Eyes

Test me, O LORD, and try me;* examine my heart and my mind. For your love is before my eyes;* I have walked faithfully with you. I have not sat with the worthless,* nor do I consort with the deceitful. I have hated the company of evildoers;* I will not sit down with the wicked. I will wash my hands in innocence, O LORD,* that I may go in procession round your altar, Singing aloud a song of thanksgiving* and recounting all your wonderful deeds.
Psalm 26:2-7

The Refrain

The hills stand about Jerusalem;* so does the LORD stand round about his people, from this time forth for evermore.
Psalm 125:2

The Small Verse

But if you will not serve the Lord, choose today whom you wish to serve . . . As for me and my House, we will serve YAHWEH.
Joshua 24:15

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

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, I may purify myself as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, I may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.†

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.†