Lauds on Friday

Friday at Lauds – Within our senses ever dwell, And worldly darkness thence expel; Long as the days of life endure, Preserve our souls devout and pure. ~Office Hymn, st. 3 ~Image: St. Augustine’s House cemetery

Lauds on Wednesday

Wednesday at Lauds – Ye clouds and darkness, hosts of night, That breed confusion and affright, Begone! o’er head the dawn shines clear, The light breaks in and Christ is here. ~Office Hymn, st. 1

Lauds in Christmastide

Christmastide at Lauds – Epiphany and following – O chief of cities, Bethlehem, Of David’s crown the fairest gem, But more to us than David’s name, In you, as man, the Savior came. Beyond the sun in splendor bright, Above you stands a wondrous light Proclaiming from the conscious skies That here, in flesh,...

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 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...

Vespers in Advent

Advent Vespers – Creator of the stars of night, your people’s everlasting light, O Christ, Redeemer of us all, we pray you hear us when we call. In sorrow that the ancient curse should doom to death a universe, you came, O Savior, to set free your own in glorious liberty. When this old...

Vespers on Monday

Monday at Vespers – O great Creator of the sky, Who wouldest not the floods on high With earthly waters to confound, But made the firmament their bound: The floods above thou didst ordain, The floods below thou didst restrain, That moisture might attemper heat Lest the parched earth should ruin meet. Upon our...

Lauds on Sunday

Sunday at Lauds Maker of all, eternal King, Who day and night about dost bring: Who weary mortals to relieve Dost in their turn the seasons give. ~Office Hymn, st. 1

Lauds on Wednesday

Wednesday at Lauds Ye clouds and darkness, hosts of night, That breed confusion and affright, Begone! o’er head the dawn shines clear, The light breaks in and Christ is here. ~Office Hymn, st. 1

Lauds on Tuesday

Tuesday at Lauds – Come, leave thy bed, to each he cries Who yet in idle slumber lies: Now chaste and just and sober stand And watch; my coming is at hand. ~Office hymn, st. 2 ~Image: Icon of the second coming