First Vespers of Sunday (Vespers on Saturday)

Saturday at Vespers – (doesn’t really exist) – First Vespers of Sunday – Based on the Jewish reckoning of time, evening belongs to the next day; Saturday night prayers are really Sunday prayers, thus “First Vespers”. On Sunday night, Vespers is known as “Second Vespers of Sunday”. O Trinity of blessed light, O Unity...

First Vespers of Pentecost

First Vespers of Pentecost – Short Lesson – But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although your bodies...

First Vespers of the Visitation

May 30 – First Vespers of The Visitation – After the Annunciation, Mary went to Hebron to visit her cousin Elizabeth, pregnant with John the Baptist. Elizabeth greets Mary “Hail, Mary, full of grace. Blessed are you among women.” Mary replies with the Magnificat, sung every day at Vespers in our Church of the...

First Vespers of the Ascension of Our Lord

First Vespers of the Ascension – Lesson – And you he made alive, when you were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience....

First Vespers of Holy Cross Day

First Vespers of Holy Cross – Psalm Antiphon 1 – O mighty work of mercy! Death died, when life died upon the Tree. ~with Psalm 113 Image: WLA metmuseum Crucifix ca 1180-1230