Vespers on Wednesday

Wednesday at Vespers – O God, whose hand hath spread the sky And all its shining hosts on high, And painting it with fiery light Made it so beauteous and so bright: Thou, when the fourth day was begun, Didst frame the circle of the sun, And set the moon for ordered change, And...

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...

Lauds on Sunday

Sunday at Lauds – Maker of all, eternal King, Who day and night about dost bring: Who weary mortals to relieve Dost in their turn the seasons give. ~Office Hymn, st. 1

Eastertide at the Daily Office

Office Hymn at the Daily Office – All praise to you, O risen Lord, from death to endless life restored; all praise to God the Father be and Paraclete eternally. Amen. ~Final stanza of all office hymns during the Paschal season ~Image: Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University, Indiana, USA

Lauds in Eastertide

Eastertide at Lauds – 1. Light’s glitt’ring morn bedecks the sky, Heaven thunders forth its victor cry, The glad earth shouts its triumph high, And groaning hell makes wild reply: 2. While he, the King of glorious might Treads down death’s strength in death’s despite, And trampling hell by victor’s right, Brings forth his...

Vespers in Holy Week

Holy Week at Vespers – 5. Blest tree, whose chosen branches bore The wealth that did the world restore, The price of human kind to pay And spoil the spoiler of his prey. 6. To you, eternal Three in One, Our songs shall rise in unison; Those whom you ransom and restore Preserve and...

Lauds in Holy Week

Holy Week at Lauds – 1. Sing my tongue, the glorious battle; sing the ending of the fray. Now above the cross, the trophy, sound the loud triumphant lay; Tell how Christ, the world’s redeemer, as a victim won the day. 2. Tell how, when at length the fullness of the appointed time was...

Vespers in Holy Week

Vespers in Holy Week, from Palm Sunday – 1. The royal banners forward go; The cross shines forth in mystic glow Where he, by whom our flesh was made, In that same flesh our ransom paid; 2. Where deep for us the spear was dyed, Life’s torrent rushing from his side, To wash us...

Vespers in Lent

Lent at Vespers, until Palm Sunday – Grant, O thou blessed Trinity; grant, O unchanging Unity; that this our fast of forty days may work our profit and thy praise! Amen. ~Office Hymn, st. 5

Vespers in Lent

Lent at Vespers, until Palm Sunday – Spare us, O Lord, who now confess our sins and all our wickedness, and, for the glory of thy Name, our weakened souls to health reclaim. ~Office Hymn, st. 3