Many scholars believe vespers is based on Judaic forms of prayer and point to a daily evening celebration observed among Jews in the 1st century bce. By the 3rd century ce the writings of Tertullian show clear evidence of an evening prayer.
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During the 4th, 5th, and 6th centuries, cathedral choirs and monastic orders developed the vespers service, as it was known for centuries thereafter. Following the Second Vatican Council —65 , the Roman Catholic service was translated into the vernacular and simplified, but it continues to revolve around the Magnificat canticle , various psalms and antiphons , and readings that vary according to liturgical season.
The Lutheran and Anglican churches both include an evening prayer service in their liturgies. In the Anglican church, evening prayer traditionally is called evensong and can be found in the Book of Common Prayer.
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Both Protestant churches revised their rite for evening prayer during the s, and both rites are patterned closely after the traditional Roman Catholic evening prayer. In the Anglican church the revised prayers offer alternative choices for greater individual choice among congregations. You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience and security.
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Vespers religious liturgy. Horns of Elfland" never sounded more sweetly around hoary castle and ruined fane than those vesper calls of the robins from the twilight spruce woods and across green pastures lying under the pale radiance of a young moon.
Despite the doctor's orders that she should not go out early in the morning, Natasha insisted on fasting and preparing for the sacrament, not as they generally prepared for it in the Rostov family by attending three services in their own house, but as Agrafena Ivanovna did, by going to church every day for a week and not once missing Vespers , Matins, or Mass.
They're singing for vespers , and how carefully that merchant crosses himself View in context. Yet the fishers and the peasants raised their heads and looked questions at each other, for the angelus had already gone and vespers was still far off.
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Gone to Vespers , and to visit some friends, I believe. No, little angel, it were better that I should see you tomorrow at Vespers.
With large gestures and in the emphatic tone which made what he said so striking, Athelny described to Philip the Spanish cathedrals with their vast dark spaces, the massive gold of the altar-pieces, and the sumptuous iron-work, gilt and faded, the air laden with incense, the silence: Philip almost saw the Canons in their short surplices of lawn, the acolytes in red, passing from the sacristy to the choir; he almost heard the monotonous chanting of vespers.
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