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I. History

The evening service of the Western churches in the the Liturgy of the Hours has been shaped by various traditions. Congregations gather for a liturgy of the Word in which certain Psalms are sung, Bible lessons are read, sermons are preached, and prayers are offered. Monastic communities include this service in their systematic recitation of the entire Psalter in course (Psalterium currens). A tradition associated with house churches and cathedral …

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Häußling, Angelus A., Ratzmann, Wolfgang, Felmy, Karl Christian and Bretschneider, Wolfgang, “Vespers”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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