Thursday at Terce

Terce on Thursday – I am sorely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your word. ~Psalm 119: 107

Wednesday at Vespers

Vespers on Wednesday – O God, whose hand hath spread the sky And all its shining hosts on high, And painting it with fiery light Made it so beauteous and so bright. ~Office Hymn, stanza 1 image: Hubble Space Telescope

The Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary – The Scriptures tell us nothing about the parents of the Virgin Mother, not even their names. An early but unreliable document, known as the Proto-Gospel (or Proto-Evangelion) of James, calls them Ann and Joachim, by which names they are customarily known. Our only real information about...

Monday Housekeeping

Daily life at St. Augustine’s House – The monastic cemetery is just east of the church. Fr. Arthur Kreinheder, founder, is buried there as well as departed residents, friends and supporters of the community. The Easter Vigil has sometimes begun there, directly in front of the cemetery crucifix. Image: Easter Vigil, 2012

Saint James the Elder, Apostle

St. James the Elder, Apostle – James, son of Zebedee (died 44 AD) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He was a son of Zebedee and Salome, and brother of John the Apostle. He is also called James the Elder to distinguish him from James, son of Alphaeus, who is also known...

17th Sunday – “Lord, teach us to pray”

LBW Pentecost 10 – Collect – O God, your ears are open always to the prayers of your servants. Open our hearts and minds to you that we may live in harmony with your will and receive the gifts of your Spirit; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Saint Birgitta of Sweden

St. Birgitta of Sweden (1303 – 23 July 1373) was a mystic and saint, and founder of the Bridgettine Order after the death of her husband of twenty years. She was also the mother of Saint Catherine of Vadstena. She is one of the six patron saints of Europe, together with Saint Benedict of...

Saint Mary Magdalene

July 22 – Saint Mary Magdalene – In the New Testament she is mentioned among the women who accompanied Christ and ministered to Him (Luke 8:2-3), where it is also said that seven devils had been cast out of her (Mark 16:9). She is next named as standing at the foot of the cross...

Thursday at Lauds

Lauds on Thursday – Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps. ~Psalm 148: 7 image: Humpback whale

Sunday in the Church

Some ornamental grass adorned the monastery church this past Sunday. It is always nice to have something taken from our grounds to use as the “flowers” in the church.