Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Come with us to Vespers at Prince of Peace from 5:00-5:30pm on Sundays (Jan 31 & Feb 7). Lee E. is LVG’s contact person arranging to have young adults sit together, if desired! Reach him at 803-466-7826 (call/text).

From the earliest centuries of the Church, Christians gathered in the evening on the Lord’s Day to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual canticles. The official public evening prayer of the Church’s Liturgy of the Hours is Vespers, named after the Vesper Star that rises to herald the fall of night.

At Vespers, we sing five psalms with their proper antiphons; we listen to the Word of God, and sing a hymn for the Evening. The highlight of the service is the Magnificat, the Canticle of Mary, in which the Altar and the Faithful are incensed – a sign of honor and our prayers rising to God. After a prayer, we visit the Lady Altar to ask Mary’s protection during the night.

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