First Vespers of All Saints’

First Vespers of All Saints’ Day – Lesson – For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers entreat that no further messages be spoken to them. For they...

Reformation Day

October 31 – Reformation Day – It was not Luther’s intention to divide the Church, much less to start a brand new church. To the end of his life, he considered himself to be a faithful and obedient servant of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Though Luther renounced his monastic vows and...

Reformation Day

Reformation Day – Very occasionally we dabble in online humor. On the other hand, if you visit for a retreat you may well find much more widespread and serious humor in, with and under (see what I did there?) the daily life of prayer and work.

Compline on Monday

Monday at Compline – I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. ~Psalm 34:1

Thirtieth Sunday of the Year

Thirtieth Sunday of the Year (LBW 23 Pentecost) Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. ~Collect of the Day N.B.: While most of the Lutheran world...

Saint Simon & Saint Jude, Apostles

October 28 – St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles – Jude is so named by Luke and Acts. Matthew and Mark call him Thaddeus. He is not mentioned elsewhere in the Gospels, except, of course, where all the apostles are mentioned. Scholars hold that he is not the author of the Letter of Jude....

Saint Frumentius, Bishop

October 27 -St. Frumentius, Bishop – Amharic ABBA SALAMA (fl. 4th century), Syrian who introduced Christianity into Ethiopia. As first bishop of its ancient capital, Aksum, he structured the emerging Christian church there in the orthodox theology of the Alexandrian school during the 4th-century controversy over Arianism.

Compline on Wednesday

Wednesday at Compline – Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger and give no opportunity to the devil. ~Ephesians 4: 26-27

Compline on Tuesday

Tuesday at Compline – How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. When I awake, I am still with you. ~Psalm 139:16,17