Vigils on Friday

Friday at Vigils O God, you know my foolishness, and my faults are not hidden from you. ~Psalm 69: 6

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi – A festival that has been celebrated by many Christians in honor of the Eucharist since 1246. It is a movable feast that is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday or on the Sunday after Holy Trinity. This event commemorates the Last Supper on the day before Jesus’ crucifixion, as described...

First Vespers of Corpus Christi

First Vespers of Corpus Christi – You have given your people the food of angels, and supplied them from heaven with bread, alleluia. ~Psalm Antiphon 2 ~First Vespers is sung on the evening before the Holy Day. Second Vespers is sung on the evening of the Holy Day.

Ephrem of Edessa, Deacon

A hymn by Ephrem of Edessa From God Christ’s deity came forth, His manhood from humanity; his priesthood from Melchizedek, his royalty from David’s tree: praised be his Oneness. He joined with guests at wedding feast, Yet in the wilderness did fast; he taught within the temple’s gates; his people saw him die at...

Ephrem of Edessa, Deacon

June 10 – Ephrem of Edessa, Deacon It is said that in 325 Ephrem accompanied his bishop, James of Nisibis, to the Council of Nicea. His writings are an eloquent defense of the Nicene faith in the Deity of Jesus Christ. He countered the Gnostics’ practice of spreading their message through popular songs by...

Vigils on Monday

Monday at Vigils Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful! ~Psalm 1: 1

Sunday of the Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity Sunday – Thy strong Word did cleave the darkness; At thy speaking it was done. For created light we thank Thee While thine ordered seasons run Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise to thee who light dost send! Alleluia without end! Lo, on those who dwelt in darkness, Dark as night and deep as death,...

The Holy Trinity

The Holy Trinity – (First Sunday after Pentecost) – Almighty God our Father, dwelling in majesty and mystery, renewing and fulfilling creation by your eternal Spirit, and revealing your glory through our Lord, Jesus Christ: Cleanse us from doubt and fear, and enable us to worship you, with your Son and the Holy Spirit,...

William Alfred Passavant – Renewer of Society

June 6 – William Alfred Passavant – Renewer of Society Born in Zelienople, Butler County, Pennsylvania, 9 October, 1821. He graduated from Jefferson college, Pennsylvania, in 1840, and at the Lutheran theological seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1842. In the latter year he was ordained to the ministry, and he held pastorates in Baltimore, Maryland,...