Vespers in Lent

Lent at Vespers – Each heart is manifest to thee; thou knowest our infirmity: now we repent, and seek thy face; grant unto us thy pardoning grace. ~Office hymn until Palm Sunday, st. 2

The Passing of Saint Benedict

March 21 – The Passing of St. Benedict – He died at Monte Cassino, Italy, while standing in prayer to God. According to tradition, this occurred on March 21, 547. Gregory the Great tells us: “On the sixth day he had his disciples carry him into the chapel. There he fortified himself against...

Vespers in Lent

Lent at Vespers – Kind Maker of the world, O hear the fervent prayer, with many a tear poured forth by all the penitent who keep this holy fast of Lent! ~Office hymn, st. 1

Saint Joseph, Guardian of Our Lord

March 19 – St. Joseph, Guardian of Our Lord Almighty God, from the house of your servant David you raised up Joseph to be the guardian of your incarnate Son and the husband of his mother, Mary. Grant us grace to follow the example of this faithful workman in heeding your counsel and obeying...

Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop

March 18 – Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop – Cyril was born in Jerusalem around 315, and became bishop of that city in about 349. The years between the Council of Nicea (325) and the Council of Constantinople (381) were troubled years, in which the Church, having committed itself at Nicea, over the strenuous protests...

Saint Patrick, Bishop

March 17 – St. Patrick, Bishop – An influential saint who, 1,500 years ago, brought Christianity to the country of Ireland. He was born about 385 in the British Isles, was carried off while still very young during a raid on Roman Britain by the Irish and sold as a slave. At the end...

From Martin Luther

“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result...

Lauds in Lent – Monday

Lent at Lauds – Monday Short Lesson – You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you will obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my own possession among all peoples; for all the...

Good Lord, Deliver Us

From the Great Litany – From lightning and tempest; from earthquake, fire, and flood; from plague, pestilence, and famine, Good Lord, deliver us.

A Prayer for Our Time

A Collect for Healing – O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,...