Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux

August 20 – St. Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux – He was born of noble parentage in Burgundy, France. In 1113, Bernard, with thirty young noblemen, presented himself to the Abbot at Citeaux. His superior, seeing the great progress he made in the spiritual life, sent him with twelve monks to found a new monastery,...

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

Second Vespers on Sunday

Sunday at Second Vespers – I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. ~Psalm 116: 1,2

Vespers on Friday

Friday at Vespers – The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? ~Psalm 27: 1.2

Mary, Mother of Our Lord

August 15 – 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...

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

Wigbert, Abbot & Missionary

August 13 – Wigbert, Abbot and Missionary – c.670-747 – Born in Wessex, he was an Anglo-Saxon Benedictine monk from the monastery of Glastonbury and a missionary and disciple of Saint Boniface who traveled with the latter in Frisia and northern and central Germany to convert the local tribes to Christianity. Today we also...

Vespers on Monday

Monday at Vespers – O great Creator of the sky, Who wouldest not the floods on high With earthly waters to confound, But made the firmament their bound: The floods above thou didst ordain, The floods below thou didst restrain, That moisture might attemper heat Lest the parched earth should ruin meet. Upon our...