Tuesday at Lauds – The winged herald of the day Proclaims the morn’s approaching ray: And Christ the Lord our souls excites, And so to endless life invites. ~Office Hymn, stanza 1
The long-lost Monday Housekeeping Post- everyday life at St. Augustine’s House – Christmas Day is followed by its octave – eight days on which the Proper remains the same each day; eight days of Christmas. Then there is the time until the Epiphany of Our Lord, the famous “twelve days of Christmas”. Next the...
Monday at Lauds – O splendor of God’s glory bright, O thou that bringest light from light, O Light of Light, light’s living spring, O Day, all days illumining. ~Office Hymn, per annum, ordinary time. ~Image: Church of the Visitation, St. Augustine’s House, narthex.
Christmastide at Vespers – Christmastide ends with Vespers today, Sunday, the Baptism of Our Lord – The Root of Jesse has budded; the Star has come out of Jacob; a Virgin has borne the Savior: we praise you O our God. ~Magnificat Antiphon
The Baptism of Our Lord – Hymn by Martin Luther: Christ, unser Herr zum Jordan Komm 1. To Jordan came our Lord the Christ, To do God’s pleasure willing, And there was by Saint John baptized, All righteousness fulfilling; There did He consecrate a bath To wash away transgression, And quench the bitterness of...
Christmastide, Epiphany and following – Lauds Office Hymn O chief of cities, Bethlehem, Of David’s crown the fairest gem, But more to us than David’s name, In you, as man, the Savior came. Beyond the sun in splendor bright, Above you stands a wondrous light Proclaiming from the conscious skies That here, in flesh,...
The Epiphany of Our Lord – Lauds and Vespers – Before the morning star begotten, and Lord from everlasting, our Savior is made manifest to the world today, alleluia. ~Psalm Antiphon 1 – ~Image: The Adoration of the Magi (Epiphany) c. 1476. Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, Perugia
Christmas Day until Epiphany at None – Short Lesson and Verse – You know the word which God sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ – he is Lord of all. ~Acts 10:36 V. Mercy and faithfulness will meet, alleluia; R. Righteousness and peace will kiss each other, alleluia.
Christmas Day and following at Terce – Short Lesson – The grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world. ~Titus 2:11-12 ~Image: Christ Pantocrator mosaic from Hagia_Sophia
Christmastide at Lauds – Short Lesson – In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. ~Hebrews 1:1-2