Reformation Day

October 31 – Reformation Day – It was not Luther’s intention to divide the Church, much less to start a brand new church. To the end of his life, he considered himself to be a faithful and obedient servant of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Though Luther renounced his monastic vows and...

Lauds on Sunday

Sunday at Lauds – Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us. You are seated at the right hand of the Father. Have mercy on us. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us. ~Responsory

Lauds on Saturday

Saturday at Lauds – Extol the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the LORD our God is holy. ~Psalm 99: 9

Saint Simon & Saint Jude, Apostles

October 28 – St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles – Jude is so named by Luke and Acts. Matthew and Mark call him Thaddeus. He is not mentioned elsewhere in the Gospels, except, of course, where all the apostles are mentioned. Scholars hold that he is not the author of the Letter of Jude....

Saint Frumentius, Bishop

St. Frumentius, Bishop – Amharic ABBA SALAMA (fl. 4th century), Syrian who introduced Christianity into Ethiopia. As first bishop of its ancient capital, Aksum, he structured the emerging Christian church there in the orthodox theology of the Alexandrian school during the 4th-century controversy over Arianism.

Sext on Wednesday

Wednesday at Sext – Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord? Awake, do not cast us off forever! Why do you hide your face? Why do you forget our affliction and oppression? For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our body cleaves to the ground. Rise up, come to our help....

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

Lauds on Monday

Monday at Lauds – Your name, O LORD, endures forever, your renown, O LORD, throughout all ages. ~Psalm 135: 13

Lauds on Sunday

Sunday at Lauds – Bless the Lord, mountains and hills. Bless the Lord, all things that grow on the earth. ~Benedicite Omnia Opera – Daniel 3:57ff Image: The retreat house with bright color before and beyond. Photo by Br. Richard