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Lutheran Monastery and Retreat House

Saint Augustine's House

Lutheran Monastery and Retreat House

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Lauds on Thursday

Thursday at Lauds Give ear to my words, O LORD; give heed to my sighing. Hearken to the sound of my cry; my King and my God, for to you I pray. ~Psalm 5: 1,2

Saint Barnabas, Apostle

June 11 – St. Barnabas, Apostle Born Joseph, he was renamed after he converted to Christianity. Following his conversion he gave all his money and property to the Church, and later became a powerful missionary and preacher, traveling with St. Paul and advocating that pagans could be baptized as Christians without being circumcised.“The report...

Monday after Pentecost

Monday after Pentecost At St. Augustine’s House we begin ordinary weekdays this week as the (liturgical) 10th week of the year. In many countries it is observed as a national holiday, Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday. In the Orthodox Church it is known as Monday of the Holy Spirit. Whit Monday gets its English...

Ephrem of Edessa – Hymn

A hymn by Ephrem of Edessa From God Christ’s deity came forth, His manhood from humanity; his priesthood from Melchizedek, his royalty from David’s tree: praised be his Oneness. He joined with guests at wedding feast, Yet in the wilderness did fast; he taught within the temple’s gates; his people saw him die at...

Ephrem of Edessa, Deacon

June 10 – Ephrem of Edessa, Deacon It is said that in 325 Ephrem accompanied his bishop, James of Nisibis, to the Council of Nicea. His writings are an eloquent defense of the Nicene faith in the Deity of Jesus Christ. He countered the Gnostics’ practice of spreading their message through popular songs by...

The Day of Pentecost

The Day of Pentecost God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, as you sent upon the disciples the promised gift of the Holy Spirit, look upon your Church and open our hearts to the power of the Spirit. Kindle in us the fire of your love, and strengthen our lives for service in...

First Vespers of Pentecost

First Vespers of Pentecost – Short Lesson But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although your bodies are...

Vespers in Paschal Time after the Ascension

Vespers in Paschal Time after the Ascension Creator Spirit, heav’nly dove, Descend upon us from above; With graces manifold restore Your creatures as they were before. To you, the Comforter, we cry; To you, the gift of God most high, True fount of life, the fire of love, The soul’s anointing from above. In...

William Alfred Passavant – Renewer of Society

June 6 – William Alfred Passavant – Renewer of Society Born in Zelienople, Butler County, Pennsylvania, 9 October, 1821. He graduated from Jefferson college, Pennsylvania, in 1840, and at the Lutheran theological seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1842. In the latter year he was ordained to the ministry, and he held pastorates in Baltimore, Maryland,...