Tuesday, May 23
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m


The Call to Prayer
Glory in his holy Name;* let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
Psalm 105:3

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


The Greeting

The LORD is my strength and my song,* and he has become my salvation.
Psalm 118:14

The Hymn

Out of the Depths I Cry to You

Out of the depths I cry to you; O Lord, now hear me calling. Incline your ear to my distress in spite of my rebelling. Do not regard my sinful deeds. Send me the grace my spirit needs; Without it I am nothing. All things you send are full of grace; you crown our lives with favor. All our good works are done in vain without the Lord our Savior. We praise the God who gives us faith and saves us from the grip of death; Our lives are in Godís keeping. It is in God that we shall hope, and not in our own merit; We rest our fears in Godís good Word and trust the Holy Spirit, Whose promise keeps us strong and sure; we trust the holy signature Inscribed upon our temples. My soul is waiting for the Lord as one who longs for morning; No watcher waits with greater hope than I for Christís returning. I hope as Israel in the Lord, who sends redemption through the Word. Praise God for endless mercy.
Martin Luther

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful;* save your servant whose trust is in you.
based on Psalm 86:2

The Vespers Psalm

We Shall Be Saved

Restore us, O God of hosts;* show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved. Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand,* the son of man you have made so strong for yourself. And so will we never turn away from you;* give us life, that we may call upon your Name. Restore us, O LORD God of hosts;* show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
Psalm 80:7, 16Ė18

The Refrain

Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful;* save your servant whose trust is in you.

The Small Verse

My help is in the Name of the Lord who made the heavens and the earth. What then shall I fear, of what shall I be afraid?
Traditional

The Lordís 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.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 merciful God, in your goodness keep me, I pray, from all things that may hurt me, that I, being ready both in mind and body, may accomplish with a free heart those things which belong to your purpose; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Ü

Concluding Prayers of the Church

Almighty God, who has promised to hear the petitions of those who ask in your Sonís 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.