Saturday, April 30, 2016

Esperinos / Vespers

The Esperinos (ἑσπερινός) service is also known in English as Vespers (from the Latin vespera). The Greek word “Esperinos” comes from “espera” meaning evening, which is when this prayer service is held. The service itself is comprised of a beginning psalm (Psalm 103) and followed by many sets of petitions and two major sets of hymns. The Vespers is the beginning of the Liturgical Day, and because of that, it sets our minds towards the Saints who are celebrated on that particular day.

For a good introduction into the elements of the vespers service please consult the OrthodoxWiki page on Vespers, and for a lengthier explanation please consult the general Wikipedia page.

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in learning more about the Vespers/Esperinos service please contact one of our clergy.

To attend a Vespers/Esperinos service please consult our calendar for the next liturgical service.