A Simple Breakdown of Solemn Vespers
Vespers is one of the more robust Hours of the Liturgy. It is prayed in the following format:
Nearly every hour opens with this beautiful petition:
“Oh God, come to my assistance, Lord make haste to help me.”
This is followed by the Gloria Patri.
An appropriate hymn from the current liturgical season is sung.
A psalm, a biblical canticle, and another psalm are sung. Each is followed by the Gloria Patri, and
bookended by an antiphon. Additionally, each psalm may be followed by a short meditative prayer.
A biblical passage is read, often followed by a few moments of silence for meditation.
Consists of a verse, a response, the first half of the Gloria Patri, and the response again.