I was not sure what to expect when coming to a Vespers service. I have prayed Vespers before at an Abbey. I also pray the Liturgy of the Hours at home. In many ways the vespers service was similar. The service starts with low light. The candles flickering set a nice mood.
In many ways the service played out like any other liturgy. For the most part I was able to keep up with the prayer book. I turned to some page and all of a sudden like 5 pages fell out. Oh man! I got flustered. After I situated the pages it was smooth sailing. The prayers for Vespers are very beautiful, and I can honestly say it was good preparation for Sunday.
Vespers was a reminder to me why I like Orthodoxy. There is a real holistic feeling to the worship. Eastern Orthodox faith does something within me. Being Orthodox is not like being Methodist or Charismatic. It is not just a church you worship at. It is what you are. When you go into someones home you might be able to tell if they are a Christian or not. When you enter a Eastern Orthodox home. You have no doubt that this is a Eastern Orthodox home.
Wow how did I get onto this? Well…… Back on topic…… My experience at Vespers was very positive. I look forward to coming back to Vespers on my next Saturday off.