Monday, June 27
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m.


The Call to Prayer
O tarry and await the LORD’s pleasure; be strong, and he shall comfort your heart;* wait patiently for the LORD.
Psalm 27:18

The Request for Presence
I have said to the LORD, “You are my God;* listen, O LORD, to my supplication.”
Psalm 140:6


The Greeting

I am bound by the vow I made to you, O God;* I will present to you thankofferings; For you have rescued my soul from death and my feet from stumbling,* that I may walk before God in the light of the living.
Psalm 56:11–12

The Hymn

A Song of Penitence

O Lord and Ruler of the hosts of heaven, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of all their righteous offspring: You made the heavens and the earth, with all their vast array. All things quake with fear at your presence; they tremble because of your power. But your merciful promise is beyond all measure; it surpasses all that our minds can fathom. O Lord, you are full of compassion, long-suffering, and abounding in mercy. You hold back your hand; you do not punish as we deserve. In your great goodness, Lord, you have promised forgiveness to sinners, that they may repent of their sin and be saved. And now, O Lord, I bend the knee of my heart, and make my appeal, sure of your gracious goodness. I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, and I know my wickedness only too well. Therefore I make this prayer to you: Forgive me, Lord, forgive me. Do not let me perish in my sin, nor condemn me to the depths of the earth. For you, O Lord, are the God of those who repent, and in me you will show forth your goodness. Unworthy as I am, you will save me, in accordance with your great mercy, and I will praise you without ceasing all the days of my life. For all the powers of heaven sing your praises, and yours is the glory to ages of ages. Amen.
Prayer of Manasseh

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure;* wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.
Psalm 51:8

The Vespers Psalm

You Forgave Me the Guilt of My Sin

While I held my tongue, my bones withered away,* because of my groaning all day long. For your hand was heavy upon me day and night;* my moisture was dried up as in the heat of the summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you,* and did not conceal my guilt. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.”* Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin. Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble;* when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.
Psalm 32:3–7

The Refrain

Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure;* wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.

The Cry of the Church

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

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

Lord, make me have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.†

The Concluding Prayer 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, may effectually be obtained, 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.