Thursday at None

None on Thursday – O LORD, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; my soul within me is like...

St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles

St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles – This feast day commemorates the martyrdom of the two great Apostles, assigned by tradition to the same day of June in the year 67. They had been imprisoned in the famous Mamertine Prison of Rome and both had foreseen their approaching death. Saint Peter was crucified; Saint...

Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons

Saint Irenaeus (Greek: Εἰρηναῖος), (2nd century AD – c. 202) was Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, then a part of the Roman Empire (now Lyons, France). He was an early church father and apologist, and his writings were formative in the early development of Christian theology. He was a hearer of Polycarp, who in...

The Presentation of the Augsburg Confession

The Presentation of the Augsburg Confession – Arguably the greatest event of Luther’s Reformation, the confession was given to Emperor Charles V on June 25, 1530. It was a great triumph for those who believed the Biblical Gospel of justification by grace through faith apart from the works of the Law. It was and...

The Nativity of John the Baptist

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist – St. Luke tells us in his Gospel that John was conceived in a miraculous manner and that his parents were Zachariah and Elizabeth. He spent his youth in the desert, and at the age of 30 came to Judea and preached near the Jordan. He exhorted...

Thursday at Terce

Thursday Terce – Short Lesson – Lo, he who forms the mountains, and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought; who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth – the LORD, the God of hosts, is his name! ~Amos 4: 13

Wednesday at Vespers

Vespers on Wednesday – As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. ~Psalm 103: 15,16

Tuesday at Sext

Sext on Tuesday – As a deer longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for you, O God. ~Psalm 42: 1