Lauds in Advent

Advent Lauds – The Lamb descends from heaven above To pardon sin with freest love: For such indulgent mercy shown With tearful joy our thanks we own. ~Office Hymn, st. 3

Second Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent – Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths; all flesh shall see the salvation of God. ~Image: Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness, c. 1489 – Hieronymus Bosch

Lauds in Advent

Advent at Lauds – Now let each torpid soul arise, That sunk in guilt and wounded lies; See! the new Star’s refulgent ray Shall chase disease and sin away. ~Office Hymn, st. 2

Lauds in Advent

Advent at Lauds – A thrilling voice by Jordan rings, Rebuking guilt and darksome things: Vain dreams of sin and visions fly; Christ in his might shines forth on high. ~Office Hymn, st. 1 ~Image: St. John the Baptist

Saint Ambrose – Hymnody

December 7 – St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan – An Advent hymn, text by Ambrose -Veni redemptor gentium. It was transformed by Martin Luther into the German hymn, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland – Savior of the nations, come. 1-Redeemer of the nations, come; reveal yourself in virgin birth, the birth which ages all...

Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan

December 7 – St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan – (c. between 337 and 340 – 4 April 397) – He was a bishop of Milan and one of the most influential ecclesiastical figures of the 4th century. One of the four original doctors of the Church, Ambrosian chant was named in his honor; he...

Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra

December 6 – St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra – Saint Nicholas (Greek: Άγιος Νικόλαος, Hagios Nicolaos ) (270–6 December 343), was a historic 4th-century saint and Greek Bishop of Myra (Demre, in Lycia, part of modern-day Turkey). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known...

Lauds in Advent

Advent at Lauds – Short Lesson – You know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works...

Housekeeping Monday

Housekeeping Monday – Daily life at St. Augustine’s House – Advent – Violet; Liturgical 2018 begins; Sunday Cycle B, Daily Year 2; Omit Te Deum and Gloria on Sunday until Christmas; Creed; Use Preface of Advent until Christmas unless otherwise noted. ~From the St. Augustine’s House Ordo entry for Sunday, December 3, 2017

Saint John Damascene

December 4 – St. John Damascene (c.675 – c.749) – Representative of the Christians to the court of the Muslim caliph. Thrived as a Christian in a Saracen land, becoming the chief financial officer for caliph Abdul Malek. Tutored in his youth by a captured Italian monk named Cosmas. Between the Christian teaching from...