Vespers on Monday

Monday at Vespers – O great Creator of the sky, Who wouldest not the floods on high With earthly waters to confound, But made the firmament their bound: The floods above thou didst ordain, The floods below thou didst restrain, That moisture might attemper heat Lest the parched earth should ruin meet. Upon our...

Vespers on Saturday

Sunday at First Vespers (Saturday night) – O Trinity of blessed light, O Unity of princely might, The fiery sun now goes his way; Shed thou within our hearts thy ray. To thee our morning song of praise, to thee our evening prayer we raise; O grant us with thy saints on high To...

Vespers on Friday

Friday at Vespers – Maker of men from heav’n thy throne, Who ord’rest all things God alone; By whose decree the teeming earth To reptile and to beast gave birth: The mighty forms that fill the land, Instinct with life at thy command, Are giv’n subdued to human kind For service in their rank...

Vespers on Thursday

Thursday at Vespers – Almighty God, whose will supreme Made ocean’s flood with life to teem, Part in the firmament to fly And part in ocean depths to lie; Appointing fishes in the sea And fowls in open air to be, That each, by origin the same, Its sep’rate dwelling-place might claim: Grant that...

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...