Saint Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist

September 21 – St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist – One of the twelve Apostles, and the author of the first Gospel as confirmed by the Gospel itself. He was the son of Alpheus and was called to be an Apostle while sitting in the tax collectors place at Capernaum. Before his conversion he was...

Terce on Friday

Friday at Terce – Your decrees are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. With open mouth I pant, because I long for your commandments. ~Psalm 119: 129-131

Terce on Thursday

Thursday at Terce – Accept my offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your ordinances. ~Psalm 119:108 ~Image: Singing outside the old Quonset Hut Chapel

Terce on Wednesday

Wednesday at Terce – How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! ~Psalm 119: 103

Terce on Tuesday

Tuesday at Terce – The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep your words. I entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. ~Psalm 119:57-58

Cyprian of Carthage, Bishop & Martyr

Cyprian, Bishop and Martyr of Carthage Cyprian was born around 200 AD in North Africa, of pagan parents. He was a prominent trial lawyer and teacher of rhetoric. Around 246 he became a Christian, and in 248 was chosen Bishop of Carthage. During the reign of the Emperor Valerian, Carthage suffered a severe plague...

Terce on Sunday

Sunday at Terce – Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD! Blessed are those who keep his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! ~Psalm 119:1-3

Holy Cross Day

September 14 – Holy Cross Day – According to legends, the True Cross was discovered in 326 by Saint Helena, the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, during a pilgrimage she made to Jerusalem. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was then built at the site of the discovery, by order of Helena and...

First Vespers of Holy Cross Day

Tomorrow is Holy Cross Day. Today we sing the first vespers of Holy Cross Day – O mighty work of mercy! Death died, when life died upon the Tree. ~Psalm Antiphon 1 (sung with Psalm 113)

Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople

St. John Chrysostom c. 349–407. Bishop of Constantinople, was an important Church Father. He is known for his eloquence in preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and his ascetic sensibilities. He was given the Greek surname chrysostomos,...