Saint Augustine's House

Lutheran Monastery and Retreat House

Saint Augustine's House

Lutheran Monastery and Retreat House


Saint Stephen, Deacon and Martyr

December 26 – St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr – One of the first deacons and the first Christian martyr. Of the seven deacons, Stephen, is the first mentioned and the best known. At his death, the praying martyr was thrown down; and while the witnesses were thrusting upon him “a stone as much as...

Vespers on Christmas Day

Vespers on Christmas Day, and in Christmastide until the Epiphany – O Savior of our fallen race, O Brightness of the Father’s face, O Son who shared the Father’s might Before the world knew day or night, O Jesus, very Light of light, Our constant star in sin’s deep night: Now hear the prayers...

Christmas Night –

Christmas Night – A child is born in Bethlehem, Alleluia. Exult for joy, Jerusalem. Alleluia, alleluia. Our joyful hearts we raise! Christ is born: O come adore him and sing new hymns of praise. ~Christmas hymn: Puer natus in Bethlehem. 13th Century Image: Adorazione del Bambino, Filippo Lippi

O Emmanuel

“Great O” Magnificat Antiphon for December 23 – Latin: O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio Gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster. English: O Emmanuel, our King and our lawgiver, the hope of the nations and their Savior: Come and save us, O Lord our God.

O King of Nations

“Great O” Magnificat Antiphon for December 22 – Latin: O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti. English: O King of the nations, and their desire, the cornerstone making both one: Come and save the human race, which you fashioned from clay.

O Morning Star

“Great O” Magnificat Antiphon for December 21 – Latin: O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis. English: O Morning Star, splendor of light eternal and sun of righteousness: Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

O Key of David

“Great O” Magnificat Antiphon for December 20 – Latin: O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel; qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis. English: O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel; you open and no...

O Root of Jesse

“Great 0” Magnificat Antiphon for December 19 – Latin: O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem Gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare. English: O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples; before you kings will shut their mouths, to you...

O Adonai

“Great O” Magnificat Antiphon for December 18 – Latin: O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento. English: O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the fire of the...