Saint Augustine's House

Lutheran Monastery and Retreat House

Saint Augustine's House

Lutheran Monastery and Retreat House


Vespers on December 18

Great O Antiphons at Vespers – December 18 O Adonai, and Leader of the house of Israel, you appeared in the bush to Moses in a flame of fire, and gave him the law on Sinai: Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm. ~Magnificat Antiphon

Advent Newsletter

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The “Great O” Antiphons

December 17 – The “Great O” Antiphons begin at Vespers as Magnificat antiphons – The importance of the “O Antiphons” is twofold. First, each one is a title for the Messiah. Secondly, each one refers to the prophecy of Isaiah of the coming of the Messiah. The Latin antiphons are from the Breviarium Romanum....

Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent O God, who see how your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity, enable us, we pray, to attain the joys of so great a salvation and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns...

Vespers in Advent

Advent at Vespers – Fear not, Mary, you have found favor with the Lord; behold, you shall conceive and bear a Son, alleluia. ~Magnificat Antiphon

Saint John of the Cross, Renewer of the Church

December 14 – St. John of the Cross – (1542-1591) Spanish mystic, Carmelite friar and priest. After John joined the Carmelite order, Saint Teresa of Avila asked him to help her reform the movement. His life of poverty and persecution could have produced a bitter cynic. Instead it gave birth to a compassionate mystic,...

Advent Responsory

Advent – Come to save us, O Lord God of hosts! Come to save us, O Lord God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved. O Lord God of hosts! Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Come to save us, O Lord God...

A Prayer for the Evening

From The Book of Common Prayer – O LORD, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in thy mercy grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest,...

Lauds in Advent

Advent at Lauds – Behold, the Lord shall come and all his saints with him; and in that day the light shall be great. Alleluia. ~Benedictus Antiphon until 17 December