Vespers Returns

MONTEREY – Evening Prayer of Vespers will return to San Carlos Cathedral, 500 Church Street, on Monday, 25 October 2021 at 7pm.

Vespers is a sunset evening prayer service in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran liturgies of the canonical hours. Also known as Evensong or Evening Prayer, Vespers is a solemn form of common prayer. It is part of the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours which has been in observance since the sixth century. It is practiced by Roman Catholic, Eastern-rite Catholic and Orthodox churches, as well as Anglican, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and other ecclesial communities.

The word “vespers” comes from the Greek ἑσπέρα (“hespera”) and the Latin vesper, meaning “evening”.

Before the fourth century, allusions to evening prayer are found in the writings of the early Church Fathers, including St Clement I of Rome (d. 99 AD), St Ignatius of Antioch (d. 98-117 AD), Clement of Alexandria (d. c. 215 AD), Tertullian (d. c. 240 AD), Origen (d. c. 253 AD), the Canons of St Hippolytus, and St Cyprian (d. 258 AD). Pliny the Younger, in his famous letter at the beginning of the second century, speaks of liturgical reunions of Christians in the morning and in the evening: “coetus antelucani et vespertini”. Vespers is, therefore, one of the most ancient offices known in Christianity.

“The public celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours is an important part of our Rite, for it is the celestial hymn of praise and intercession which Jesus Christ offers in and through His Church”.

~ Bishop Peter J. Elliot, Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite (1995), n. 715.

All are welcome to take part in this half hour of praise, prayer, and silence.