Lord I Call


Near the start of Vespers, after the Great Litany, the priest or deacon will complete a great censing of the entire church while the choir sings and chants "Lord I Call upon You, Hear Me" (Psalms 141, 142, 130, 117). The choir then sings the first hymns of the Vigil, on the Eve of the Feast.  Many of these hymns glorify God as the One who grants birth to Mary through her barren Mother, Anna, raising up salvation against all odds.

Today is the prelude of universal joy;
today breezes blow that herald salvation,
and the barrenness of our nature is dispelled.