VENTURA – Beginning on Sunday, 26 February 2023, the parish of Mission Basilica San Buenaventura, 211 E. Main Street, will celebrate Solemn Vespers on the Sundays in Lent at 7pm.
Vespers is part of the Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office. In the Liturgy of the Hours, the Church fulfills Jesus’ command to “pray always.” Through this prayer, the people of God sanctify the day by continual praise of God and prayers of intercession for the needs of the world. Evening Prayer offers thanks for the day just past and makes an evening sacrifice of praise to God.
Solemn Vespers indicates Evening Prayer that is chanted or sung. When prayed with others, or “in choir,” one side sings or chants while the other listens in an alternating fashion. With this pattern, we proclaim God’s word and then receive God’s word as it is sung back to us.