Lauds on Friday

Friday at Lauds – Within our senses ever dwell, And worldly darkness thence expel; Long as the days of life endure, Preserve our souls devout and pure. ~Office Hymn, st. 3 ~Image: St. Augustine’s House cemetery

Vespers on Tuesday

Tuesday at Vespers – 3rd Day of Creation – Earth’s mighty Maker, whose command Raised from the sea the solid land And drove each billowy heap away And bade the earth stand firm for aye, That so the soil might herbage yield And blossoms fair to deck the field, And golden fruit and harvest...

Vespers on Thursday

Thursday at Vespers – Almighty God, whose will supreme Made ocean’s flood with life to teem, Part in the firmament to fly And part in ocean depths to lie; Appointing fishes in the sea And fowls in open air to be, That each, by origin the same, Its sep’rate dwelling-place might claim: Grant that...

Vespers on Monday

Monday at Vespers – O great Creator of the sky, Who wouldest not the floods on high With earthly waters to confound, But made the firmament their bound: The floods above thou didst ordain, The floods below thou didst restrain, That moisture might attemper heat Lest the parched earth should ruin meet. Upon our...

Lauds on Monday

Monday at Lauds – With prayer the Father we implore; O Father, glorious evermore, We plead with thee for grace and power To conquer in temptation’s hour. ~Office Hymn, st. 3

Lauds on Wednesday

Wednesday at Lauds – Though we be stained with blots within, Thy quickening rays shall purge our sin; light of the Morning Star, thy grace Shed on us from thy cloudless face. ~Office Hymn, stanza 4

Lauds in Paschal Time after the Ascension

Lauds in the Easter Season after The Ascension – O Lord Most High, eternal King, by thee redeemed thy praise we sing. The bonds of death are burst by thee, and grace has won the victory. Ascending to the Father’s throne thou claim’st the kingdom as thine own; and angels wonder when they see...

Vespers in Paschal Time

Vespers in Paschal Time after the Ascension Creator Spirit, heav’nly dove, Descend upon us from above; With graces manifold restore Your creatures as they were before. To you, the Comforter, we cry; To you, the gift of God most high, True fount of life, the fire of love, The soul’s anointing from above. In...

Eastertide at the Daily Office

Office Hymn at the Daily Office All praise to you, O risen Lord, from death to endless life restored; all praise to God the Father be and Paraclete eternally. Amen. ~Final stanza of all office hymns during the Paschal season ~Image: Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University, Indiana, USA

Lauds in the Paschal Octave

Easter Week at Lauds – 1. Lights glitt’ring morn bedecks the sky, Heaven thunders forth its victor cry, The glad earth shouts its triumph high, And groaning hell makes wild reply: 2. While he, the King of glorious might Treads down death’s strength in death’s despite, And trampling hell by victors right Brings forth...