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Cathedral offers Solemn Evening Prayer on Advent Sundays
the Inland Register
(From the November 19, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)
On Sunday evenings during Advent, Solemn Evening Prayer will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane.
Evening Prayer, also called 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.
This liturgy begins with the singing of a hymn, followed by the chanting of Psalms, and culminates in the sung proclamation of the Canticle of Mary (the Magnificat). This Gospel canticle is Mary’s song of joy upon meeting her cousin Elizabeth, a particularly appropriate meditation during Advent’s preparation for Christmas.
Solemn Evening Prayer will begin on Sunday, Nov. 29, at 4:45 p.m., featuring members of the Cathedral music program.
The service lasts approximately 20 minutes.
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