The Visitation

May 31 – The Visitation – The visit of Mary with Elizabeth as recorded in the Gospel of Luke 1:39-56. It is celebrated on May 31 in the West (July 2 in calendars of the 1263-1969 period and in the modern regional calendar of Germany) and March 30 in the East. Almighty God, by...

First Vespers of the Visitation

May 30 – First Vespers of The Visitation – After the Annunciation, Mary went to Hebron to visit her cousin Elizabeth, pregnant with John the Baptist. Elizabeth greets Mary “Hail, Mary, full of grace. Blessed are you among women.” Mary replies with the Magnificat, sung every day at Vespers in our Church of the...

None in Eastertide after The Ascension

Weekday None in Eastertide, after The Ascension – If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above not on things that are on earth. ~Colossians 3:1-2

Memorial Day (USA)

Memorial Day (USA) – O God, who have revealed that peacemakers are to be called your children, grant, we pray, that we may work without ceasing to establish that justice which alone ensures true and lasting peace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of...

None on Weekdays after The Ascension

Weekdays in Eastertide after the Ascension, None – Short Lesson – Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us, therefore, celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but...

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Seventh Sunday of Easter – Almighty and eternal God, your Son our Savior is with you in eternal glory. Give us faith to see that, true to his promise, he is among us still, and will be with us to the end of time; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,...

Lauds in Eastertide on Weekdays after the Ascension

Eastertide at Lauds, Weekdays after the Ascension – I am ascending to my Father and your father, to my God and your God, alleluia. ~Benedictus Antiphon ~Image: Saint James the Greater Catholic Church (Concord, North Carolina) – stained glass, Ascension

Saint Augustine of Canterbury

May 26 – St. Augustine of Canterbury – (early 6th century – 26 May 604) – A Benedictine monk who became the first Archbishop of Canterbury in the year 597. He is considered the “Apostle to the English” and a founder of the English Church. Laboring patiently, Augustine wisely heeded the missionary principles—quite enlightened...

Terce on The Ascension of Our Lord

The Ascension of Our Lord at Terce – Men of Galiliee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way, alleluia. ~Psalm Antiphon

First Vespers of the Ascension of Our Lord

First Vespers of the Ascension – Lesson – And you he made alive, when you were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience....