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...

Monday Housekeeping – Compline

Monday Housekeeping – Compline Compline (pronounced: KOMP-lin) is the last office of the day and is followed by “The Great Silence.” We pray it at 8.30 P.M. and it lasts about 15 minutes. Included is a hymn, three Psalms, and the Nunc Dimittis – The Canticle of Simeon: “Lord, now let your servant go...

Monday Housekeeping – Vespers

Monday Housekeeping – Vespers 6 P.M. brings us together for Vespers, a bookend to Lauds with similar components and lasting about as long. It concludes with the singing of the Canticle “Magnificat,” the Canticle of Mary. When the following day is Sunday or a Holy Day, Vespers anticipates it as “First Vespers.” This again...

Monday Housekeeping – None

Monday Housekeeping – Daily life at St. Augustine’s House – None At 2.30 we meet to sing None (rhymes with “own”) – the ninth hour. The last of the “Little Hours”, it includes the same basic parts as the other two short offices. We daily remember this hour as the one at which Jesus...

Monday Housekeeping

Monday Housekeeping – Daily life at St. Augustine’s House – The Daily Office, Divine Office, or Liturgy of Hours, are various names for the non-Eucharistic liturgies that the Church, especially in monastic communities, has prayed daily for centuries. Martin Luther combined Vigils and Lauds to make a morning prayer, and Vespers and Compline into...

Monday Housekeeping – Sext

Monday Housekeeping – Daily Life at St. Augustine’s House – The second of the “Little Hours” is at noon and is called “Sext” because it is at the sixth hour of the day. Like Terce, it lasts about 10-15 minutes and includes the same parts. The noon hour reminds us of the hour when...

Monday Housekeeping – Terce

Daily life at St. Augustine’s House – Terce – At 8.15 A.M. is the first of the so-called Little Hours. It is named Terce because it is traditionally sung near the third hour of the day according to the Jewish reckoning of time, which for us would be 9 A.M. It includes a hymn...

Monday Housekeeping – Lauds

Daily life at St. Augustine’s House – Lauds Our custom is that Vigils is followed by an opportunity for silent meditation until Lauds begins at 6 A.M. Lauds includes an opening hymn, four Psalms, a Canticle, a very short bible reading and the “Canticle of Zechariah,” the Benedictus. Each Psalm and Canticle is preceded...

Monday Housekeeping – Vigils

Monday Housekeeping – Daily life at St. Augustine’s House – Each Monday for a few weeks there will be a short introduction to each of the daily liturgies: Vigils starts at 5.10 A.M. and lasts about 45 minutes. It begins with an Invitatory Psalm as an introduction to the day. There are then more...

Monday Housekeeping

Monday Housekeeping – Daily life at St. Augustine’s House – It’s time for a weekly review of the various daily offices prayed at St. Augustine’s House, and at other Benedictine houses. The various prayer services scattered throughout the day are the foundation of monastic life and can seem arcane to the outsider. Even those...