Saint Augustine's House

Lutheran Monastery and Retreat House

Saint Augustine's House

Lutheran Monastery and Retreat House

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Lauds in Christmastide

Lauds in Christmastide – From east to west, from shore to shore Let ev’ry heart awake and sing The holy child whom Mary bore, The Christ, the everlasting king. Behold, the world’s creator wears The form and fashion of a slave; Our very flesh our maker shares, His fallen creatures, all, to save. For...

Vespers in the Christmas Octave

Vespers in the Christmas Octave – On this day the Christmas octave ends with Vespers – Today the Christ is born; today the Savior has appeared; today on earth angels are singing, archangels rejoicing: today the righteous exult and say: Glory to God in the highest, alleluia. ~Magnificat Antiphon

January 1, The Name of Jesus

The Name of Jesus God, who hast made thine only-begotten Son the Savior of mankind and didst give Him the name of Jesus, mercifully grant that we who worship his name on earth may joyfully behold him in heaven; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever. ~Collect...

Vespers in the Christmas Octave

Vespers in the Christmas Octave – Princely state is yours on the day you lead your host in holy splendor. From the womb of the morning I have begotten you. ~Responsory

First Sunday after Christmas – Holy Family

First Sunday after Christmas (Holy Family) – Almighty God, you wonderfully created and yet more wonderfully restored the dignity of human nature. In your mercy, let us share the divine life of Jesus Christ who came to share our humanity, and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,...

The Holy Innocents

December 28 – The Holy Innocents – During this octave of Christmas the Church celebrates the memory of the small children of the neighborhood of Bethlehem put to death by Herod. Sacrificed by a wicked monarch, these innocent lives bear witness to Christ who was persecuted from the time of his birth by a...

Saint John, Apostle & Evangelist

December 27 – St. John, Apostle and Evangelist – Born in Bethsaida, he was called while mending his nets to follow Jesus. He became the beloved disciple of Jesus. He wrote the fourth Gospel, three Epistles and the Apocalypse. His passages on the pre-existence of the Word, who by His Incarnation became the light...

Saint Stephen, Deacon & 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 two...

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...