Monday Housekeeping

Daily life at St. Augustine’s House – Vigils – The office of “Vigils” is prayed at 5:10 almost every morning of the year. On Easter and Christmas it is delayed slightly. At New Years it is prayed before midnight with the Te Deum sung as the bell rings in the new year. Vigils opens...

Saint Ignatius of Loyola

July 31 – St. Ignatius of Loyola – Saint Ignatius of Loyola is best known as the founder and first Superior General of the ‘Society of Jesus’. Writer of the book ‘Spiritual Exercises’, Ignatius was a Spanish soldier in the early years of his life. However, a tragic incident changed the course of living...

Lauds on Sunday

Sunday at Lauds – Maker of all, eternal King, Who day and night about dost bring: Who weary mortals to relieve Dost in their turn the seasons give. ~Office Hymn, st. 1

SS. Mary, Martha, and Lazarus of Bethany

July 29 – SS. Mary, Martha, and Lazarus of Bethany – O God, heavenly Father, your Son Jesus Christ enjoyed rest and refreshment in the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus of Bethany: Give us the will to love you, open our hearts to hear you, and strengthen our hands to serve you in...

Compline on Friday

Friday at Compline – You, O Lord, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; leave us not. ~Jeremiah 14: 9a

Compline on Thursday

Thursday at Compline – My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass. But you, O LORD, are enthroned forever; your name endures to all generations. ~Psalm 102: 12, 13

The Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

July 26 – 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 Anne and Joachim, by which names they are customarily known. Our only...

Saint James the Elder, Apostle

July 25 – 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...

Monday Housekeeping

Monday Housekeeping – Daily life at St. Augustine’s House – The Daily Office, Divine Office, or Liturgy of Hours, are various names for the non-Eucharistic liturgies that the Church, especially in monastic communities, has prayed daily for centuries. Martin Luther combined Vigils and Lauds to make a morning prayer, and Vespers and Compline into...

Lauds on Monday

Monday at Lauds – I will sing of loyalty and of justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing. ~Psalm 101: 1