First Vespers of All Saints’

First Vespers of All Saints’ Day (Saturday evening) – Lesson – For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers entreat that no further messages be spoken to them....

Reformation Day

October 31 – Reformation Day – It was not Luther’s intention to divide the Church, much less to start a brand new church. To the end of his life, he considered himself to be a faithful and obedient servant of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Though Luther renounced his monastic vows and...

Lauds on Friday

Friday at Lauds – Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my supplications in your faithfulness; answer me, in your righteousness. Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. ~Psalm 143: 1,8

Lauds on Thursday

Thursday at Lauds With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord! With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord! I will keep your statutes. Answer me, O Lord! Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O...

Saint Simon & Saint Jude, Apostles

October 28 – St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles – Jude is so named by Luke and Acts. Matthew and Mark call him Thaddeus. He is not mentioned elsewhere in the Gospels, except, of course, where all the apostles are mentioned. Scholars hold that he is not the author of the Letter of Jude....

Saint Frumentius, Bishop

October 27 – St. Frumentius, Bishop – Amharic ABBA SALAMA (fl. 4th century), Syrian who introduced Christianity into Ethiopia. As first bishop of its ancient capital, Aksum, he structured the emerging Christian church there in the orthodox theology of the Alexandrian school during the 4th-century controversy over Arianism.

Lauds on Monday

Monday at Lauds – O thou true Sun of heavenly love, Pour down thy radiance from above; The Spirit’s sanctifying beam Upon our earthly senses stream. ~Office hymn, st. 2

Lauds on Saturday

Saturday at Lauds Extol the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the LORD our God is holy. ~Psalm 99: 9

Saint James of Jerusalem, Martyr

October 23, St. James of Jerusalem, Martyr – James of Jerusalem is referred to in the New Testament as the brother of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He was for many years the leader of the Christian congregation in Jerusalem, and is generally supposed to be the author of the Epistle of James, although the...