If you’re looking for a different prayer experience for Lent, consider joining us on Wednesdays for evening prayer, beginning February 20.
During Lent, we’ll be offering evening prayer at a convenient time: 5:30 p.m. It lasts 15-20 minutes and is a great way to decompress right after work on your way home. You don’t have to leave home again or skip dinner.
Evening prayer used to be called vespers. It is a part of the Liturgy of the Hours, which is the ancient method of praying the psalms during the course of the day: morning, mid-day, evening and night.
The psalms are a tremendously rich prayer heritage. They represent practically every human emotion, from intense joy to the depths of despair. When we pray the psalms at evening prayer, we are invited to make the words our own if we are feeling that emotion; if not, we are invited to pray them on behalf of someone who is.
Evening prayer follows a four-week system of rotation of the psalms. The basic structure of the service is a beginning hymn, three short psalms, a brief reading from Scripture, the Magnificat (Canticle of Mary), intercessions, and the Lord’s Prayer.
Books will be provided, and those who own a copy of the Liturgy of the Hours are invited to bring their own if they so desire (or you can use a phone or tablet app such as iBreviary). Beginners are welcome!