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vespers (vĕs´pərz) [Lat.,=evening], in the Christian Church, principal evening office. In the Roman rite, vespers have consisted since the 6th cent. of a few prayers, five psalms, a lesson, the Magnificat, and an antiphon. The Anglican evening prayer, often called vespers, is made up largely of the Roman vespers and compline (the final evening office).

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vespers Evening office of the Western Church. It is a service of thanksgiving and praise, in which the liturgy consists of psalms, a reading from the Bible, the Magnificat canticle, a hymn, and a collect. Celebrated in the late afternoon, it is the basis of the Anglican service of evensong.

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vespers a service of evening prayer in the Divine Office of the Western Christian Church (sometimes said earlier in the day). In modern Roman Catholic use, the services for Sundays and solemn feasts begin on the preceding evening with first vespers and end with second vespers.

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vespers. 7th of Canonical Hours of RC Church, also known as Evensong. Famous large-scale setting by Monteverdi (1610).

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Vespers. The evening office of the W. Church.

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