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Welcome to Mountain Vespers with Emmaus Community and AbbeyChurch!  

Led by our own Stained Glass Bluegrass house band and Rev. Matt Humphrey. 

The ancient office of Vespers derives its name from the Latin, vesperas, which means “evening.”  (Old English speakers translated vesperas as æfensang, which became Evensong in modern English.) It is a simple office of evening prayer, an invitation to reflect prayerfully over the day in the context of rehearsing the Scripture together both in reading and in song.  

Our form of Vespers has been adapted to include traditional elements of evening prayer that date back millennia in the Church (such as singing Mary’s song – the Magnificat) but has been adapted to the particular style of what we’ve called Stained Glass Bluegrass. Bluegrass derives from British-Scottish-Irish folk tunes reflected through the new-world adaptation of Appalachia.  It is the music of people, sung in kitchens and on porches, with family and community living through struggle and suffering, joining voices together in a harmony of longing for God’s healing to lead us home.