Saint Maurus & Saint Placid

January 15 – St. Maurus and St. Placid – Maurus, son of a nobleman of Rome, was born about the year 510 and died in 584. When he was about twelve years old, his father placed him under the care of St. Benedict at Subiaco. When he had grown up, St. Benedict chose him...

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 Lord! ~Responsory

Saint Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers

January 13 – St. Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers – (c. 300 – c. 368) Bishop of Poitiers and a Doctor of the Church. He was sometimes referred to as the “Hammer of the Arians” (Latin: Malleus Arianorum) and the “Athanasius of the West.” So great was the respect in which he was held by...

Lauds on Tuesday

Tuesday at Lauds – You sweep men away; they are like a dream,like grass that is renewed in the morning; in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;in the evening it fades and withers. ~Psalm 90: 5,6

Lauds on Monday

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

Vespers in Christmastide

Vespers in Christmastide – Christmastide ends with Vespers today, Sunday, the Baptism of Our Lord – 3. Within the Jordan’s sacred floodThe heav’nly Lamb in meekness stood,That he, of whom no sin was known,Might cleanse his people from their own. ~Office Hymn, Christmastide after the Epiphany

The Baptism of Our Lord

The Baptism of Our Lord – Hymn by Martin Luther:Christ, unser Herr zum Jordan Komm 1. To Jordan came our Lord the Christ,To do God’s pleasure willing,And there was by Saint John baptized,All righteousness fulfilling;There did He consecrate a bathTo wash away transgression,And quench the bitterness of deathBy His own blood and passion;He would...


Christmastide – The Word became flesh, alleluia, alleluia. The Word became flesh, alleluia, alleluia. And dwelt among us. Alleluia, alleluia. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. The Word became flesh, alleluia, alleluia. ~Responsory

Lauds in Christmastide

Christmastide at Lauds – Epiphany and following – O chief of cities, Bethlehem, Of David’s crown the fairest gem, But more to us than David’s name, In you, as man, the Savior came. Beyond the sun in splendor bright, Above you stands a wondrous light Proclaiming from the conscious skies That here, in flesh,...

Vespers in Christmastide

Christmastide at Vespers – The Root of Jesse has budded; the Star has come out of Jacob; a Virgin has borne the Savior: we praise you O our God. ~Magnificat Antiphon