Saint Mary Magdalene

July 22, St. Mary Magdalene – In the New Testament she is mentioned among the women who accompanied Christ and ministered to him (Luke 8:2-3), where it is also said that seven devils had been cast out of her (Mark 16:9). She is next named as standing at the foot of the cross (Mark...

None on Friday

Friday at None – Short Lesson – By grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God – not because of works, lest any man should boast. ~Ephesians 2: 8f

Elijah, Prophet

July 20 – Elijah, Prophet – Elias (Hebrew ‘Eliahu,). The loftiest and most wonderful prophet of the Old Testament. What we know of his public life is sketched in a few popular narratives enshrined, for the most part, in the First Book of Kings. These narratives, which bear the stamp of an almost contemporary...

None on Wednesday

Wednesday at None – Short Lesson – Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you are serving the Lord Christ. ~Colossians 3: 23f

None on Tuesday

Tuesday at None – To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! ~Psalm 123: 1

Monday Housekeeping

Monday Housekeeping – Daily life at St. Augustine’s House – It’s time for a weekly review of the various daily offices prayed at St. Augustine’s House, and at other Benedictine houses. They can be arcane to the outsider, and even those who have some awareness of monastic life may be put off by the...

None on Monday

Monday at None – I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. ~Psalm 121: 1,2

15th Sunday of the Year

Fifteenth Sunday – LBW Pentecost 8 – Almighty God, your Word is cast like seed upon the ground; Now let the dew of heav’n descend and righteous fruits abound. Let not our selfishness and hate this holy seed remove, but give it root in every heart to bring forth fruits of love. Let not...

Saint Vladimir, First Christian ruler of Russia

July 15 – St. Vladimir, first Christian ruler of Russia – 980-1015 – After his conquest of Kherson in the Crimea in 988, he became impressed by the progress of Christianity and approached Eastern Emperor Basil II about marrying the emperor’s daughter Ann. He was converted, reformed his life and married Anne. On his...

Lauds on Friday

Friday at Lauds – Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my supplications in your faithfulness; answer me, in your righteousness. Enter not into judgement with your servant; for no one living is righteous before you. For the enemy has pursued me; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made...