Beginning tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, the Alleluia will be set aside from the various liturgies of the community. From the Ordo: “Omit “Alleluia” without exception until Easter; omit Te Deum and Gloria in Excelsis on Sundays until Easter.” The Ash Wednesday Liturgy with the blessing and distribution of ashes will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s...

Lauds on Tuesday

Tuesday at Lauds – The LORD will save me, and we will sing to stringed instruments all the days of our life, at the house of the LORD. ~Isaiah 38: 20

Lauds on Monday

Monday at Lauds – I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, and you comforted me. ~Isaiah 12: 1

Lauds on Saturday

Saturday at Lauds – The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. ~Psalm 92: 12

Lauds on Friday

Friday at Lauds – Through the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high has broken upon us. ~Benedictus Antiphon

Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna

Polycarp was Bishop of Smyrna (today known as Izmir), a city on the west coast of Turkey. The letters to the “seven churches in Asia” at the beginning of the book of Revelation include a letter to the church in Smyrna, identifying it as a church undergoing persecution. Polycarp is said to have known...

None on Wednesday

Wednesday at Lauds – Short Lesson – Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you are serving the Lord Christ. ~Colossians 3: 23f

Sext on Monday

Monday at Sext – My eyes are ever toward the Lord. ~Psalm Antiphon, with Psalm 25 ~Image: Crucifix in the Church of the Visitation, St. Augustine’s House

Seventh Sunday

Seventh Sunday of the Year – Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. He forgives all your sins and heals all your infirmities. ~Psalm 103: 1-3