The flight into Egypt. Vittore Carpaccio. 1555. The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. The flight into
Egypt. Giotto di Bondone. 1267-1337. Cappella Scrovegni a Padova.
Evensong or Vespers [Greek εσπερινός and Latin vesper, evening] is the traditional evening prayer service. The service is observed before sunset [i.e. at some point between 4 pm and 6 pm] and consecrates the day to God. Mary and Venus mythologies link again here, around the word vesper, with its connection to the earlier goddess and the planet "Venus" also known as the evening star.
Vespers is one of the most ancient and solemn of the church offices. In The little office of the blessed Virgin Mary, Vespers is associated with the flight to Egypt.
And after they were departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and fly into Egypt: and be there until I shall tell thee. For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the child to destroy him.
When he arose, he took the child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: and he was there until the death of Herod.
Matthew 2:13-14 [KJV]