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The Structure of Great Vespers

The Structure Of The Great Vespers Service




Priest:         "Blessed is our God. . ."
Chanter:     "Amen.  O come let us worship. . ."
                    Psalm 104
Great Ektenia
Chanter:     "O Lord, I have cried unto Thee"
in the proper tone
Psalms 141, 142, 130, 117 sung alternately
                    Stichera, preceded by the proper verse.
                    Glory. . .
                    Now and ever...
(During which the Little Entrance is performed)
"Wisdom!  Attend!"

Chanter and
"O Gladsome Light. . ."
Priest:         "The Evening Prokeimenon"
Chanter:     Proper Prokeimenon
Priest:         Ektenia of Fervent Supplication: "Let us say with all our soul. . ."
Chanter:     "Vouchsafe, O Lord. . ."
Priest:         Ektenia: "Let us complete our evening prayer. . ."
Chanter:     Proper Aposticha
                    Glory. . .
                    Now and ever. . .

Priest or
St. Simeon's Prayer
People:       Trisagion Prayers ("Holy God. . ." through
Lord's Prayer)
Priest:         Exclamation "For thine is the Kingdom. . ."
Chanter:     Proper
Troparion and Theotokion