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

First Sunday of Lent

The Call to Prayer
Let the Name of the LORD be blessed,* from this time forth for evermore. From the rising of the sun to its going down* let the Name of the LORD be praised.
Psalm 113:2–3

The Request for Presence
As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters,* and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to you, O LORD our God.
adapted from Psalm 123:2–3

The Greeting

Blessed is the LORD!* for he has heard the voice of my prayer.
Psalm 28:7

The Hymn

Something for Thee

Savior, Your dying love you gave to me, Nothing should I withhold, Dear Lord, from Thee: In love my soul would bow, My heart fulfill its vow, Some offering bring you now, Something for Thee. At the blessed mercy seat, pleading for me, My feeble faith looks up, Jesus, to Thee: Help me the cross to bear, Your wondrous love declare, Some song to raise, or prayer, Something for Thee. Give me a faithful heart, likeness to Thee, That each departing day henceforth may see Some work of love begun, Some deed of kindness done, Some wanderer sought and won, Something for Thee. All that I am and have, Your gifts so free, In joy, in grief, through life, Dear Lord, for Thee! And when your face I see, My ransomed soul shall be, Through all eternity, Something for Thee.
Sylvanus Phelps

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

For you, O LORD, are good and forgiving,* and great is your love toward all who call upon you.
Psalm 86:5

The Vespers Psalm

More Than Watchmen for the Morning

I wait for the LORD; my soul waits for him;* in his word is my hope. My soul waits for the LORD, more than watchmen for the morning,* more than watchmen for the morning.
Psalm 130:4–5

The Refrain

For you, O LORD, are good and forgiving,* and great is your love toward all who call upon you.

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

O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept my prayers; and because in my weakness I can do nothing good without you, give me the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments I may please you in both will and deed; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. †

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

In truth God has heard me;* he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer,* nor withheld his love from me.
Psalm 66:17–18