Ecclesiastical Glossary

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Verba Domini. Latin for “the words of the Lord”; see Words of Our Lord. Sometimes appears as just “Verba.”

Verse. A response sung between the Epistle and the Gospel readings in the Divine Service.

versicle Latin versiculus, ‘a little verse’. Short verses from the Psalms (most often), used responsively in the various orders of service.

vestments The special clothing that the pastor wears during the Divine. The various vestments have symbolic meanings that teach us about the pastoral office. For example, the alb is the white robe the pastor wears at the Divine Service: it symbolizes the white robe of Christ righteousness which covers ours sins and thus “covers up” the individual person of the pastor who stands in the stead of Christ when he preaches God’s Word, forgives sins, and conducts the sacraments.

Vespers Latin vespera, ‘evening’. In Lutheran usage the evening prayer service.

Vigil. Worship service that takes place the evening before a feast or festival day. The Vigil of Easter is the greatest vigil of the year.

Votum Latin ‘wish’. The benediction from Philippians 4:7 which follows the Sermon.

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