Christmastide, Epiphany and following – Lauds Office Hymn 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,...
The Epiphany of Our Lord – Lauds and Vespers – Before the morning star begotten, and Lord from everlasting, our Savior is made manifest to the world today, alleluia. ~Psalm Antiphon 1 – ~Image: The Adoration of the Magi (Epiphany) c. 1476. Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, Perugia
Christmas Day until Epiphany at None – Short Lesson and Verse – You know the word which God sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ – he is Lord of all. ~Acts 10:36 V. Mercy and faithfulness will meet, alleluia; R. Righteousness and peace will kiss each other, alleluia.
Christmas Day and following at Terce – Short Lesson – The grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world. ~Titus 2:11-12 ~Image: Christ Pantocrator mosaic from Hagia_Sophia
Christmastide at Lauds – Short Lesson – In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. ~Hebrews 1:1-2
Christmastide at Lauds, until the Epiphany – From east to west, from shore to shore Let ev’ry heart awake and sing The holy child whom Mary bore, The Christ, the everlasting king. Behold, the world’s creator wears The form and fashion of a slave; Our very flesh our maker shares, His fallen creatures, all,...
January 1 – The Name of Jesus – Eternal Father, you gave your Son the name of Jesus to be a sign of our salvation. Plant in every heart the love of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ our Lord. ~Collect of the Day ~Image: The Virgin and Child (Theotokos) mosaic, in the...
Christmas and its Octave at Vespers – With the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plenteous redemption. ~Psalm Antiphon 3: Apud Domininum
Christmas and Octave at Vespers – The Lord sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. ~Psalm Antiphon 2, Redemptionem
Christmas and the octave at Vespers – Princely state is yours on the day you lead your host in holy splendor. From the womb of the morning I have begotten you. ~Psalm antiphon 1