Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church

Saint Nicholas

The Order of Vespers

For the Western Rite


THE ORDER OF VESPERS

  • All standing, the officiant begins the order of prayer:

V ----- O Lord, open Thou our lips.
R ----- And our mouth shall show forth Thy praise.
V ----- Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R ----- As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. ----- Amen.
V ----- Praise ye the Lord.
R ----- The Lord's Name be praised.

Psalter

  • Then follows the portion of the psalter appointed for the day. After each
    psalm shall be said:


    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost;
    As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, * world without end. ----- Amen.

    See The 30 Day Cycle of the Psalter for the appointed Psalms for the day.

THE FIRST LESSON

  • After the Psalter, the lector reads the lesson from the Old Testament
    announcing and ending the readings as at Matins.


  • See The Monthly Ordo for the daily scriptural readings.
  • Then shall be said or sung, in unison, the following:


Magnificat

----- MY soul doth magnify the Lord, * and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
----- For He hath regarded * the lowliness of His handmaiden.
----- For behold, from henceforth * all generations shall call me blessed.
----- For He that is mighty hath magnified me; * and holy is His Name.
----- And His mercy is on them that fear Him * throughout all generations.
----- He hath showed strength with His arm; * He hath scattered the proud in the imagination
----- ----- of their hearts.
----- He hath put down the mighty from their seat, * and hath exalted the humble and meek.
----- He hath filled the hungry with good things; * and the rich He hath sent empty away.
----- He, remembering His mercy, hath holpen His servant Israel; * as He promised to our
----- ----- forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.
----- Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost;
----- As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, * world without end. ----- Amen.

THE SECOND LESSON

  • The lector reads the lesson from the New Testament as appointed,
    announcing and ending the readings as at Matins.


  • Then shall be said or sung, in unison, the following:


Nunc dimittis

----- LORD, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, * according to Thy word.
----- For mine eyes have seen * Thy salvation.
----- Which Thou hast prepared * before the face of all people;
----- To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, * and to be the glory of Thy people Israel.
----- Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost;
----- As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, * world without end. ----- Amen.

  • Following the Nunc dimittis shall be said the following:



THE APOSTLES CREED

I BELIEVE in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead,
and buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the
Forgiveness of sins, the Resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. ----- Amen.

  • Then the officiant begins:


V ----- Lord, have mercy upon us.
R ----- Christ, have mercy upon us.
V ----- Lord, have mercy upon us.

  • Then all say together:



The LORD'S PRAYER

OUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. ----- Amen.

  • Then the officiant shall say:


V ----- O Lord, show Thy mercy upon us.
R ----- And grant us Thy salvation.
V ----- O Lord, save the state.
R ----- And mercifully hear us when we call upon Thee.
V ----- Endue Thy ministers with righteousness.
R ----- And make Thy chosen people joyful.
V ----- O Lord, save thy people.
R ----- And bless thine inheritance.
V ----- Give peace in our time O Lord.
R ----- For it is thou, Lord, only, that makest us dwell in safety.
V ----- O God, make clean our hearts within us.
R ----- And take not Thy Holy Spirit from us.

Note: ----- Then shall follow the collect(s) for the day, closing collects, and other prayers
at the discretion of the officient.


O GOD, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do
proceed, give unto thy servants that peace whcih the world cannot give, that our
hearts may be set to obey Thy commandments, and also that by Thee, we, being
defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness;
through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. ----- Amen.

DEFEND, us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all perils of mind and body; and
at the intercession of the blessed and glorious Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of God,
of blessed Joseph, of Thy blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, of blessed Andrew, of
blessed (here include the patron saint of your parish)and of all the Saints,
graciously bestow upon us both peace and safety, that all adversity and error
being done away with, Thy Church may serve Thee in untroubled freedom. Through
the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord.Amen.

Note: ----- Other prayers may be added at this point.

V ----- The Lord be with you.
R ----- And with thy spirit.
V ----- Let us bless the Lord.
R ----- Thanks be to God.

V ----- May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

R ----- Amen.

  • Then the officiant shall say:


The Prayer of St. John Chrysostom

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make
our common supplications unto Thee; and dost promise that when two or three are
gathered together in Thy Name, Thou wilt grant their requests; Fulfill now, O Lord,
the desires and petitions of Thy servants, as may be most expedient for them, granting
us in this world knowledge of Thy truth, and in the world to come, life everlasting.

Amen.

Note: ----- The service of Vespers now concludes with the Benediction.

V ----- THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship
of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore.

R ----- Amen.

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