Vespers on Friday

Friday at Vespers – The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? ~Psalm 27: 1.2

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...

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...

Tuesday at Monday Housekeeping

Monday/Tuesday Housekeeping – Daily life at St. Augustine’s House – Yesterday was the annual Chapter meeting as well as a quarterly council meeting. Many and diverse subjects were addressed at all gatherings and included reports and visions focused on both the nearby and the far away; the details and the “big picture”. Surrounded by...

Vespers in the Paschal Octave

Vespers in the Paschal Octave On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were assembled, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you,” alleluia. ~Magnificat Antiphon

Vespers in the Paschal Octave

Vespers in Easter Week – Go and tell my brethren, alleluia, to go to Galilee, and there they will see me, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. ~Psalm Antiphon 4 ~Image: Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University

Vespers in Holy Week

Holy Week at Vespers – 1. The royal banners forward go; The cross shines forth in mystic glow Where he, by whom our flesh was made, In that same flesh our ransom paid: 2. Where deep for us the spear was dyed, Life’s torrent rushing from his side, To wash us in the precious...

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...

Vespers in Lent

Lent at Vespers until Palm Sunday Lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes. ~Magnificat Antiphon