What are Vespers?
Vespers, also called Evening Prayer, is part of the Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office. In the Liturgy of the Hours, the Church fulfills Jesus' command to "pray always" (Luke 18:1). Through this prayer, the people of God sanctify the day by continual praise of God and prayers of intercession for the needs of the world. The Liturgy of the Hours includes several specified times of prayer. The most important times, called the "hinge hours," are Morning Prayer (which takes place upon rising) and Evening Prayer (which takes place as dusk begins to fall). Bishops, priests, deacons, and many men and women in consecrated life pray the Liturgy of the Hours each day. Their work is organized around this prayer, keeping God always at the center of their days. Lay people are encouraged to pray the Liturgy of the Hours as well, especially Morning and Evening Prayer. Evening Prayer gives thanks for the day just past and makes an evening sacrifice of praise to God.
As we prepare for the Triduum, join us for this beautiful Prayer of the Church on the following Wednesday evenings of Lent 2018: February 21, 28, March 7, 14, and 21- from 5:30PM until 6:00PM. Are you reluctant because this is your first Evening Prayer experience and aren’t certain what to do? Fear not! This undertaking is new to Christ King—we’re ALL learning as we go – JOIN US!