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...

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

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 ~Image: Tree of Jesse, woodcut, anonymous, Paris, 1528

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...

Saint Ambrose Hymnody

December 7 – St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan An Advent hymn, words by Ambrose. Martin Luther based his Nun Komm, der Heiden heiland (Savior of the nations, come) on it. Veni redemptor gentium 1-Redeemer of the nations, come; reveal yourself in virgin birth, the birth which ages all adore, a wondrous birth, befitting God....

Lauds in Advent

Advent at Lauds – Behold, the Lord shall come and all his saints with him; and in that day the light shall be great. Alleluia. ~Benedictus Antiphon until 17 December

Vespers in Advent

Advent at Vespers – Fear not, Mary, you have found favor with the Lord; behold, you shall conceive and bear a Son, alleluia. ~Magnificat Antiphon