August 6 – The Transfiguration of Our Lord – Today we celebrate the occasion on which Christ, as he was beginning to teach his disciples that he must die and rise again, revealed himself in shining splendor to Peter, James, and John. Moses and Elijah were present, and are taken to signify that the...
Lauds on Friday – Through the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high has broken upon us. ~Benedictus Antiphon
Lauds on Thursday – Glorious are you, more majestic than the everlasting mountains. ~Psalm 76: 4
Lauds on Wednesday – Though we be stained with blots within, Thy quickening rays shall purge our sin; light of the Morning Star, thy grace Shed on us from thy cloudless face. ~Office Hymn, stanza 4
Lauds on Tuesday – Come, leave thy bed, to each he cries Who yet in idle slumber lies: Now chaste and just and sober stand And watch; my coming is at hand. ~ Office Hymn, stanza 2
Sext on Monday – Short Lesson – Now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. ~ Romans 6:22
Terce on Thursday – I am sorely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your word. ~Psalm 119: 107
Vespers on Wednesday – O God, whose hand hath spread the sky And all its shining hosts on high, And painting it with fiery light Made it so beauteous and so bright. ~Office Hymn, stanza 1 image: Hubble Space Telescope
The Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary – The Scriptures tell us nothing about the parents of the Virgin Mother, not even their names. An early but unreliable document, known as the Proto-Gospel (or Proto-Evangelion) of James, calls them Ann and Joachim, by which names they are customarily known. Our only real information about...
Daily life at St. Augustine’s House – The monastic cemetery is just east of the church. Fr. Arthur Kreinheder, founder, is buried there as well as departed residents, friends and supporters of the community. The Easter Vigil has sometimes begun there, directly in front of the cemetery crucifix. Image: Easter Vigil, 2012