Saint Andrew, Apostle

November 30 – St. Andrew, Apostle – He was brother of Simon (Peter), both fishermen. From the fourth Gospel we learn that Andrew was a disciple of the Baptist, whose testimony first led him and John the Evangelist to follow Jesus. Andrew introduced him to his brother, Peter; later they left all things to...

Responsory at Lauds & Vespers in Advent

Responsory – V. Come to save us, O Lord God of hosts! R. Come to save us, O Lord God of hosts! V. Let your face shine, that we may be saved. R. O Lord God of hosts! V. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. R. Come...

First Sunday in Advent

First Sunday in Advent – “Sleepers wake!” A voice astounds us, The shout of rampart guards surrounds us: “Awake, Jerusalem, arise!” Midnight’s peace their cry has broken. Their urgent summons clearly spoken: “The time has come, O maidens wise! Rise up, and give us light; the bridegroom is in sight. Alleluia! Your lamps prepare...

Saint Silvester Gozzolini

November 26 – St. Silvester Gozzolini – Founder of the Sylvestrines, b.of the noble family of the Gozzolini at Osimo, 1177; d. 26 Nov., 1267. He was sent to study jurisprudence, but, feeling within himself a call to the ecclesiastical state, abandoned the study of law for that of theology and Holy Scripture, giving...

Lauds on Friday

Friday at Lauds – Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength! Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! ~Psalm 96: 7-8 Image: Icon with the altar beyond, prepared for the Thanksgiving Day mass at St....

Thanksgiving Day, USA

Thanksgiving Day, USA – On this day we sing the great hymn of praise, Te Deum, also sung at Vigils on Sundays outside of Lent and Advent, on Holy Days, and midnight at the New Year – You are God; we praise you. You are the Lord; we acclaim you. You are the eternal...

Saint Clement, Bishop of Rome

St. Clement, Bishop of Rome – (also called Clemens Romanus to distinguish him from Clement of Alexandria) was the third in succession after the Apostle Peter as bishop of Rome. Clement is known mainly for the letter he wrote to the Corinthians in about AD 96. He is counted among the apostolic fathers. His...

Cecilia

Although Cecilia is one of the most famous of the Roman martyrs, the familiar stories about her are apparently not founded on authentic material. There is no trace of honor being paid her in early times. A fragmentary inscription of the late fourth century refers to a church named after her, and her feast...

Lauds on Tuesday

Tuesday at Lauds – Short Lesson – You are not in darkness, brethren, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. ~ Thessalonians 5: 5-6