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  1. vespers, evensongnoun

    the sixth of the seven canonical hours of the divine office; early evening; now often made a public service on Sundays


  1. vespersnoun

    The sixth of the seven canonical hours

  2. Vespersnoun

    A Christian service held in the late afternoon or early evening; evensong


  1. Vespers

    Vespers is a liturgy of evening prayer, one of the canonical hours in Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Catholic (both Latin and Eastern), Lutheran, and Anglican liturgies. The word for this fixed prayer time comes from the Latin vesper, meaning "evening".Vespers typically follows a set order that focuses on the performance of psalms and other biblical canticles. Eastern Orthodox liturgies advertised as 'vespers' often conclude with compline, especially the all-night vigil. Performing these liturgies together without break was also a common practice in medieval Europe, especially outside of monastic and religious communities.Old English speakers translated the Latin word vesperas as æfensang, which became evensong in modern English. The term is now usually applied to the Anglican variant of the liturgy that combines vespers with compline, following the conception of early sixteenth-century worshippers that conceived these as a single unit. The term can also apply to the pre-Reformation form of vespers or forms of evening prayer from other denominations.Vespers is usually prayed around sunset. In Oriental Orthodox Christianity and Oriental Protestant Christianity, the office is known as Ramsho in the Indian and Syriac traditions; it is prayed facing the east by all members in these churches, both clergy and laity, being one of the seven fixed prayer times.


  1. vespers

    Vespers is a religious service in the Western Christian tradition that is typically observed in the late afternoon or evening. It is part of the Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office, which is the daily cycle of prayer observed by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and some Protestant churches. The term "vespers" comes from the Latin word for "evening." The service often includes prayers, hymns, and psalm recitations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vespersnoun

    one of the little hours of the Breviary

  2. Vespersnoun

    the evening song or service

  3. Etymology: [OF. vespres, F. vpres, LL. vesperae, fr. L. vespera evening. See Vesper, n.]


  1. Vespers

    Vespers is the sunset evening prayer service in the Western Catholic, Eastern Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran liturgies of the canonical hours. The word comes from the Greek ἑσπέρα and the Latin vesper, meaning "evening." It is also referred to in the Anglican tradition as Evening Prayer or Evensong. The term is also used in some Protestant denominations to describe evening services.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vespers in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vespers in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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