Lauds in Advent

Advent at Lauds – The Lamb descends from heaven above To pardon sin with freest love; For such indulgent mercy shown With tearful joy our thanks we own. ~Office hymn, st. 3

Lauds in Advent

Advent at Lauds – Now let each torpid soul arise, That sunk in guilt and wounded lies; See! the new Star’s refulgent ray Shall chase disease and sin away. ~Office hymn, st. 2

Lauds in Advent

Advent at Lauds – A thrilling voice by Jordan rings, Rebuking guilt and darksome things: Vain dreams of sin and visions fly; Christ in his might shines forth on high. ~Office hymn, st. 1

Vespers in Advent

Advent Vespers – Creator of the stars of night, your people’s everlasting light, O Christ, Redeemer of us all, we pray you hear us when we call. In sorrow that the ancient curse should doom to death a universe, you came, O Savior, to set free your own in glorious liberty. When this old...

None in Advent

Advent at None – O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, give heed and act; delay not, for your own sake, O My God, because your city and your people are called by your name. ~Daniel 9:19 V: Come, O Lord, and do not delay. R: Forgive the sins of your people. ~Short...

Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan

December 7 – St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan (c. between 337 and 340 – 4 April 397) A bishop of Milan and one of the most influential ecclesiastical figures of the 4th century. He was one of the four original doctors of the Church. Ambrosian chant was named in his honor; he is credited...

Second Sunday in Advent

Second Sunday in Advent – Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever...

Sext in Advent

Advent at Sext – Short Lesson In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: The Lord is our righteousness. ~Jeremiah 23:6

Saint John Damascene

December 4 – St. John Damascene (c.675 – c.749) Representative of the Christians to the court of the Muslim caliph. Thrived as a Christian in a Saracen land, becoming the chief financial officer for caliph Abdul Malek. Tutored in his youth by a captured Italian monk named Cosmas. Between the Christian teaching from the...

Terce in Advent

Advent at Terce – Short Lesson Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. ~Jeremiah 23:5