Lauds on Sunday

Sunday at Lauds – Bless the Lord, light and darkness. Bless the Lord, lightnings and clouds. ~Daniel 3:65

Vespers on Saturday

Sunday at First Vespers (Saturday night) – O Trinity of blessed light, O Unity of princely might, The fiery sun now goes his way; Shed thou within our hearts thy ray. To thee our morning song of praise, to thee our evening prayer we raise; O grant us with thy saints on high To...

Vespers on Friday

Friday at Vespers – Maker of men from heav’n thy throne, Who ord’rest all things God alone; By whose decree the teeming earth To reptile and to beast gave birth: The mighty forms that fill the land, Instinct with life at thy command, Are giv’n subdued to human kind For service in their rank...

Vespers on Thursday

Thursday at Vespers – Almighty God, whose will supreme Made ocean’s flood with life to teem, Part in the firmament to fly And part in ocean depths to lie; Appointing fishes in the sea And fowls in open air to be, That each, by origin the same, Its sep’rate dwelling-place might claim: Grant that...

Vespers on Wednesday

Wednesday at Vespers – O God, whose hand hath spread the sky And all its shining hosts on high, And painting it with fiery light Made it so beauteous and so bright: Thou, when the fourth day was begun, Didst frame the circle of the sun, And set the moon for ordered change, And...

Mary, Mother of Our Lord

Mary, Mother of Our Lord – The honor paid to Mary, the virgin mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God, goes back to the earliest days of the Church. Indeed, it goes back further, for even before the birth of her Son, Mary prophesied, “From this time forth, all generations shall call me...

Monday Housekeeping

Daily life at St. Augustine’s House – Terce – At 8.15 A.M. is the first of the “Little Hours,” named Terce because it is traditionally sung near the third hour of the day according to the Jewish reckoning of time, which for us would be 9 A.M. It includes a hymn and one Psalm,...

Vigils on Monday

Monday at Vigils – First Nocturn – Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful! ~Psalm 1: 1

Second Vespers on Sunday

Sunday Second Vespers – (prayed on Sunday evening) – Blessed are you, O Lord in the firmament of heaven. Blessed are you, O Lord in the firmament of heaven. And to be praised and glorified forever. In the firmament of heaven. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, And to the Holy Spirit....

First Vespers of Sunday (Vespers on Saturday)

Saturday at Vespers – (doesn’t really exist) – First Vespers of Sunday – Based on the Jewish reckoning of time, evening belongs to the next day; Saturday night prayers are really Sunday prayers, thus “First Vespers”. On Sunday night, Vespers is known as “Second Vespers of Sunday”. O Trinity of blessed light, O Unity...