The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

June 24 – The Nativity of St. John the Baptist – St. Luke tells us in his Gospel that John was conceived in a miraculous manner and that his parents were Zachariah and Elizabeth. He spent his youth in the desert, and at the age of 30 came to Judea and preached near the...

Eve of The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Anticipating June 24 – The Nativity of St. John the Baptist – “Apart from the most holy solemnity commemorating our Savior’s birth, the Church keeps the birthday of no other person except that of John the Baptist. In the case of other saints or of God’s chosen ones, the Church, as you know, solemnizes...

Vigils on Friday

Friday at Vigils – First Nocturn – O God, you know my foolishness, and my faults are not hidden from you. ~Psalm 69: 6

Vigils on Thursday

Thursday at Vigils – Happy are they who consider the poor and needy! The LORD will deliver them in the time of trouble. ~Psalm 41: 1

Compline on Tuesday

Tuesday at Compline – Short Lesson – Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith. ~1 Peter 5: 8-9

Vigils on Monday

Monday at Vigils – Bless the LORD, O my soul; O LORD my God, how excellent is your greatness! You are clothed with majesty and splendor. You wrap yourself with light as with a cloak and spread out the heavens like a curtain. You lay the beams of your chambers in the waters above;...

Compline after Second Vespers of Sunday

Compline after 2nd Vespers of Sunday – Lord God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ triumphed over the powers of death and prepared for us our place in the new Jerusalem: Grant that we, who have this day given thanks for his resurrection, may praise you in that City of which he is the...

Lauds on Saturday

Saturday at Lauds – Give light, O Lord, to those who sit in darkness; and guide our feet into the way of peace, O God of Israel. ~Benedictus Antiphon

A Prayer Before Any Office

A Prayer Before Any Office (appropriate before any liturgy) – Open my lips, O Lord, that I may praise your Holy Name; cleanse my heart from all vain, evil, and wandering thoughts; enlighten my understanding and kindle my affection, that praying attentively and devoutly I may be heard in the presence of your divine...