Lauds on Saturday

Saturday at Lauds – Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgression. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! ~Psalm 51: 1,2

Saint Peter & Saint Paul, Apostles

June 29 – St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles – This feast day commemorates the martyrdom of the two great Apostles, assigned by tradition to the same day of June in the year 67. They had been imprisoned in the famous Mamertine Prison of Rome and both had foreseen their approaching death. Saint Peter...

Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons

June 28 – Saint Irenaeus (Greek: Εἰρηναῖος), (2nd century AD – c. 202) – Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, then a part of the Roman Empire (now Lyons, France). He was an early church father and apologist, and his writings were formative in the early development of Christian theology. He was a hearer of...

Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Teacher

June 27 – Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Teacher – Ten years after the death of Athanasius, the great champion of faith in Christ as fully God, the bishopric of Alexandria was bestowed on one Theophilus. He was a man of fiery temperament, and ruthless and violent in the pursuit of what he conceived...

Lauds on Tuesday

Tuesday at Lauds – Do thou, O Christ, our slumbers wake; Do thou the chains of darkness break; Purge thou our former sins away, And in our souls new light display. ~Office Hymn, st. 4

The Presentation of the Augsburg Confession

June 25 -The Presentation of the Augsburg Confession – Arguably the greatest event of Luther’s Reformation, the confession was given to Emperor Charles V on June 25, 1530. It was a great triumph for those who believed the Biblical Gospel of justification by grace through faith apart from the works of the Law. It...

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist – O God, who raised up Saint John the Baptist to make ready a nation fit for Christ the Lord, give your people, we pray, the grace of spiritual joys and direct the hearts of all the faithful into the way of salvation and peace. Through our...

Lauds on Saturday

Saturday at Lauds – So that last morning dread and great Which we with trembling hope await, With blessed light for us shall glow Who chant the song we sang below: All praise to God the Father be; All thanks, eternal Son, to thee, Whom with the Spirit we adore Forever and forevermore. Amen....

Lauds on Friday

Friday at Lauds – Within our senses ever dwell, And worldly darkness thence expel; Long as the days of life endure, Preserve our souls devout and pure. ~Office Hymn, st. 3 ~Image: St. Augustine’s House cemetery

Lauds on Thursday

Thursday at Lauds – O keep us, as the hours proceed, From lying word and evil deed; Our roving eyes from sin set free, Our body from impurity. ~Office Hymn, st. 3