Order of Vespers

Teacher, please tell us about Vespers.
Vespers is a traditional celebratory evening worship service. Many portions of the service are sung. Martin Luther was thorough in his teaching that liturgical music and song is a significant and proper means for worship. Luther summarized his beliefs about music and worship in these words: “Next to the word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. It controls our hearts, minds and spirits.” We generally follow the guidance set forth in the traditional Lutheran Book of Worship LBW. At this time, our Vespers service will be mostly Acapella.
The scheduled Order of Vespers we follow consists of: Hymn of Invocation of the Holy Spirit, Psalmody and Gloria Patri, Lection, Responsory, Homily, Offertory, Hymn of the Day, Versicles, Canticle and Antiphon, Magnificat, General Intercessions, Kyrie, Lord’s Prayer, Collect of the Day, Salutation, Collect for Peace, Benediction and Silent Prayer.