I was at my first vespers service tonight, and it was pretty cool. I really liked how it switched from the celebrant side to the tabernacle side to the celebrant side (left to right to left) during the readings, except that as a congregation we weren’t exactly experts at synchronizing when we read the responses out loud. There were a lot of senior people that were in Spiritual Tortoise Mode TM, and were like “Glooooooooooory beeeee… to theeeee faaaaather… zzzz” and then other people were like “BAM! DONE!”, and it ended up sounding somewhat discombobulated, but if it weren’t for that it would have made it sound very surreal and otherworldly.
Do you need a priest in order to celebrate a vespers service, or is this something that could theoretically be performed by just a deacon, since there is no consecration at a vespers service? In the pamphlet, there was listed a ‘Homily’ during the service, which gave me the impression that you would still need a priest or at least a deacon. Are there still binding rubrics in the way that there are with the Mass?