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...

Vespers on Thursday

Thursday at Vespers – Almighty God, whose will supreme Made ocean’s flood with life to teem, Part in the firmament to fly And part in ocean depths to lie; Appointing fishes in the sea And fowls in open air to be, That each, by origin the same, Its sep’rate dwelling-place might claim: Grant that...

Saints Mary, Martha, & 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...

J. S. Bach, Heinrich Schütz, G. F. Handel, Musicians

Johann Sebastian Bach, Heinrich Schütz, George Frederick Handel, musicians – J.S. Bach died on July 28, 1750. God of majesty, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven: Be with your servants who make art and music for your people, that with joy we on earth may glimpse your beauty, and bring us...

Vespers on Monday

Monday at Vespers – O great Creator of the sky, Who wouldest not the floods on high With earthly waters to confound, But made the firmament their bound: The floods above thou didst ordain, The floods below thou didst restrain, That moisture might attemper heat Lest the parched earth should ruin meet. Upon our...

Seventeenth Sunday (LBW 10 Pentecost)

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year (LBW 10 Pentecost) – O God, your ears are open always to the prayers of your servants. Open our hearts and minds to you, that we may live in harmony with your will and receive the gifts of your Spirit; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. ~Collect of...

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 is also...

None on Friday

Friday at None – My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? ~Psalm 22: 1 ~We remember the hour of our Lord’s death especially on Fridays ~Image: Saint Augustine’s House cemetery

Saint Birgitta of Sweden

July 23 St. Birgitta of Sweden (1303 – 23 July 1373) – A mystic and saint, and founder of the Bridgettine Order after the death of her husband of twenty years. She was also the mother of Saint Catherine of Vadstena. She is one of the six patron saints of Europe, together with Saint...

Saint Mary Magdalene

July 22 – St. Mary Magdalene In the New Testament she is mentioned among the women who accompanied Christ and ministered to him (Luke 8:2-3), where it is also said that seven devils had been cast out of her (Mark 16:9). She is next named as standing at the foot of the cross (Mark...