Tuesday, December 12
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m

Second Week of Advent

The Call to Prayer
Taste and see that the LORD is good;* happy are they who trust in him!
Psalm 34:8

The Request for Presence
Turn to me and have pity on me . . . The sorrows of my heart have increased . . . Look upon my adversity and misery* and forgive me all my sin.
Psalm 25:15-17

The Greeting

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.
Psalm 92:1-2

The Hymn

The King shall come when morning dawns and light triumphant breaks; When beauty gilds the eastern hills and life to joy awakes. Not, as of old, a little child, to bear, and fight, and die, But crowned with glory like the sun that lights the morning sky. The King shall come when morning dawns and earth’s dark night is past; O haste the rising of that morn, the day that shall ever last; And let the endless bliss begin, by weary saints foretold, When right shall triumph over wrong, and truth shall be extolled. The King shall come when morning dawns and light and beauty brings: Hail, Christ the Lord! Your people pray, come quickly, King of Kings.

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

When I was in trouble, I called to the LORD;* I called to the LORD, and he answered me.
Psalm 120:1

The Vespers Psalm

In You, O LORD, Have I Taken Refuge

In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame;* deliver me in your righteousness. Incline your ear to me;* make haste to deliver me. Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold;* for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me. Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me,* for you are my tower of strength. Into your hands I commend my spirit,* for you have redeemed me, O LORD, O God of truth.
Psalm 31:1-5

The Refrain

When I was in trouble, I called to the LORD;* I called to the LORD, and he answered me.
Psalm 120:1

The Cry of the Church

Be, Lord, my helper and forsake me not. Do not despise me, O God, my savior.

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

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Grant us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; 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.