John Donne, Priest

March 31 – John Donne, Priest – The English writer and Anglican cleric John Donne is considered now to be the preeminent metaphysical poet of his time. He was born in 1572 to Roman Catholic parents, when practicing that religion was illegal in England. His mother, Elizabeth (Heywood) Donne, a lifelong Catholic, was the...

Lauds in Lent

Lent at Lauds – Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. ~Benedictus antiphon on weekdays before Palm Sunday

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Fifth Sunday in Lent By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God, may we walk eagerly in that same charity with which, out of love for the world, your Son handed himself over to death. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the...

None in Lent

Lent at None, until Palm Sunday – V. The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit. R. A broken and contrite heart O God, you will not despise. ~Responsory

Lent at Lauds

Lent at Lauds – Let all the world from shore to shore Thee, gracious Trinity, adore; Right soon thy loving pardon grant, That we our new-made song may chant. Amen. ~Office hymn for Lent until Palm Sunday, st.5

Lauds in Lent

Lent at Lauds Soon will that day, thy day, appear, And all things with thy brightness cheer: We will rejoice in it, as we, Return thereby to grace, and thee. ~Office hymn in Lent until Palm Sunday, st. 4

The Annunciation of Our Lord

March 25- The Annunciation of Our Lord – No one can say anything greater of her or to her, though he had as many tongues as there are leaves on the trees, or grass in the fields, or stars in the sky, or sand by the sea. It needs to be pondered in the...

First Vespers of The Annunciation of Our Lord

First Vespers of The Annunciation of Our Lord – Lesson – I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no better than a slave, though he is the owner of all the estate; but he is under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father. So with...

Lauds in Lent

Lent at Lauds – until Palm Sunday – Forgive the sin that we have wrought; Increase the good that we have sought; That we at length, our wand’rings o’er, May please thee now, and evermore. ~Office hymn, st. 3

Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop of & Missionary to Armenia

March 23 – Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop of and Missionary to Armenia – The apostle, national saint, and patron of Armenia, he refused to take part in a great sacrifice to the national gods ordered by King Trdat, and declared himself a Christian. He was then tortured in various horrible ways, all the more...