Thursday, April 19
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m


The Call to Prayer
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,* and his mercy endures for ever.
Psalm 107:1

The Request for Presence
So teach us to number our days* that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
Psalm 90:12


The Greeting

Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions;* remember me according to your love and for the sake of your goodness, O LORD.
Psalm 25:6

The Hymn

How Majestic Is Your Name

O Lord, my Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you have established— What are human beings that you are mindful of us; what are mortals that you care for us? You have made us a little lower than angels, and crowned us with glory and honor. You have given us dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under our feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O Lord, my Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

Behold, God is my helper;* it is the Lord who sustains my life.
Psalm 54:4

The Vespers Psalm

Come Now and Look Upon the Works of the LORD

Come now and look upon the works of the LORD,* what awesome things he has done on earth. “Be still, then, and know that I am God;* I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD of hosts is with us;* the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Psalm 46:9, 11–12

The Refrain

Behold, God is my helper;* it is the Lord who sustains my life.

The Small Verse

The Lord is my shepherd and nothing is wanting to me. In green pastures He has settled me.
THE SHORT BREVIARY

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

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn in this fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; 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 after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that I, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of public worship, and grant as well that my Sabbath upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. †