Monday after Pentecost

Monday after Pentecost – At St. Augustine’s House we begin ordinary weekdays today as the (liturgical) 7th week of the year. In many countries it is observed as a national holiday, Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday. In the Orthodox Church it is known as Monday of the Holy Spirit. Whit Monday gets its English...

Sext on the Day of Pentecost

Sext on the Day of Pentecost – Short Lesson God saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we...

Saint Celestine

May 19 – St Celestine – When the father of this Italian saint died, his good mother brought up her twelve children well, even though they were very poor. “Oh, if I could only have the joy of seeing one of you become a saint!” she use to say. Once when she asked as...

Saint Erik, King of Sweden, Martyr

St. Erik, King of Sweden, Martyr – According to legends, Erik did much to consolidate Christianity in his realm and spread the faith into Finland. In an effort to conquer and convert the Finns, he allegedly led the First Swedish Crusade against the native Finns and persuaded an English Bishop Henry of Uppsala to...

Vespers in Paschaltide after the Ascension

Vespers in Paschaltide after the Ascension – Creator Spirit, heav’nly dove, Descend upon us from above; With graces manifold restore Your creatures as they were before. To you, the Comforter, we cry; To you, the gift of God most high, True fount of life, the fire of love, The soul’s anointing from above. In...

Lauds after the Ascension

Lauds on weekdays after the Ascension – I am ascending to my Father and your father, to my God and your God, alleluia. ~Benedictus Antiphon

Saint Pachomius

May 15 – St. Pachomius, Religious – St. Anthony is usually considered the founder of Christian monasticism, but it was Pachomius who began monasticism as we know it today. He was the first monk to organize hermits into groups and provide them with a written rule, and both St. Basil and St. Benedict drew...

Saint Matthias, Apostle

May 14 – St. Matthias, Apostle – (Feb 24 for some) – So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go...

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Seventh Sunday of Easter – Graciously hear our supplications, O Lord, so that we, who believe that the Savior of the human race is with you in your glory, may experience, as he promised, until the end of the world, his abiding presence among us. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity...

Lauds in Paschaltide after The Ascension

Lauds in the Easter Season after The Ascension – O Lord Most High, eternal King, by thee redeemed thy praise we sing. The bonds of death are burst by thee, and grace has won the victory. Ascending to the Father’s throne thou claim’st the kingdom as thine own; and angels wonder when they see...