We gather in these hallowed walls;
And vesper hymn and vesper prayer
Rise mingling on the holy air.
-- Samuel Longfellow, Vespers, 1859
I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever;
with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;
your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to my servant David:
‘I will establish your descendants forever,
and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah
Let the heavens praise your wonders,
O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,
a God feared in the council of the holy ones,
great and awesome above all that are around him?
-- Psalm 89 NRSV
the light of a new star in heaven heralded your saving love.
Let the light of your salvation dawn in our hearts
and keep them always open to your life-giving grace.
[We make our prayer] through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.
*Note: Evening Prayer is gathered from many sources; I draw from Oremus.org, Mission St. Clare and http://www.universalis.com/. To them I own thanks.