Saint Augustine's House

Lutheran Monastery and Retreat House

Saint Augustine's House

Lutheran Monastery and Retreat House


Before Vespers in July

Brother Richard writes: Butterflyweed cut from our property and in an arrangement on the floor of the church. The picture was taken before Vespers with the light coming from the large round window on the west wall of the church. Photo by Brother Richard

Wednesday at Lauds

Lauds on Wednesday – My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody! ~Psalm 57: 9

Thursday at Lauds

Lauds on Thursday – May this new day be calmly passed; May we keep pure while it shall last, Nor let our lips from truth depart, Nor dark designs engage the heart. ~Office Hymn, stanza 2

Tuesday at Lauds

Lauds on Tuesday – Responsory – Hear my voice, O Lord; I hope in your words. I rise before dawn and cry for help. I hope in your words. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Hear my voice, O Lord; I hope in your words.

The Rule of Saint Benedict

Monday Housekeeping – Daily life at St. Augustine’s House – On this day on which we remember Saint Benedict, it is particularly fitting to ponder his “rule”. Some of it is read every day at “Little Chapter” as we hear, what else? …a chapter from Benedict’s Holy Rule. Read it here:

Saint Benedict, Abbot

Saint Benedict of Nursia – Benedict’s main achievement is his “Rule”, containing precepts for his monks. It has a unique spirit of balance, moderation and reasonableness (ἐπιείκεια, epieikeia), and this persuaded most religious communities founded throughout the Middle Ages to adopt it. Benedict is often called the founder of western Christian monasticism. “The prophet...

Sunday, 15th of the Year

Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your word. By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy, live according to it, and grow in faith and hope and love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. ~Collect, 15th Sunday of the Year (LBW Pentecost 8)

Lauds on Saturday

Saturday Lauds – The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. ~Psalm 92: 12

Friday at Vigils

Vigils on Friday – Invitatory – Let us make a joyful noise to the Lord our Maker: O come, let us worship him.

Thursday at None

None on Thursday – Short Lesson – Let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,...