Liturgical Prayer

The Easter Alleluia

Posted on May 25, 2019
Easter lily in chapel
The following is from a discourse on the Psalms by Saint Augustine, bishop (396 - 430 AD). It is part of the Office of Readings for Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter. Our thoughts in this present life should...

The scholar who is learned about the kingdom of heaven

Posted on May 18, 2019
blue skies at camp
Some time ago I marked this essay of Saint Isidore in my breviary for future reference. I guess the future arrived a couple weeks ago when it again caught my attention, this time because it connected with something...

Be shepherds

Posted on May 11, 2019
Good Shepherd
The fourth Sunday of the Easter season is known as Good Shepherd Sunday, as the Gospel reading for the day describes Christ's willingness to lay down his life for his sheep (John 10:27-30). The following is from a...

Something strange is happening

Posted on April 20, 2019
cross and candles
The following is part of the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday. It is from an ancient homily on Holy Saturday. Jesus descends into hell Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth...

Passion Sunday

Posted on April 13, 2019
office book
From a sermon by Saint Andrew of Crete, bishop (650 – 726 AD ?) It is a part of the Office of Readings for Passion Sunday ♫ Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the king of Israel. ♫...

Prayer knocks, fasting obtains, mercy receives

Posted on March 30, 2019
office book
The following is from a sermon written by Saint Peter Chrysologus, bishop (406 - 450 AD). It is a part of the Office of Readings for Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent. There are three things, my sisters and...

The Meaning of Faith

Posted on March 23, 2019
office book
The following is from the Book of Hebrews 11:1-16. It is a part of the Office of Readings for Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent. Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for, or prove the...

Prayer is the light of the soul

Posted on March 16, 2019
office book
The following is from Homily 6 on Prayer written by Saint John Chrysostom (347 - 407 AD). It is a part of the Office of Readings for the Friday after Ash Wednesday. Prayer and converse with God is a supreme good...

And I Rejoiced In Them All

Posted on February 16, 2019
Front to back
Being assigned the task of Prayer Leader at the Mount means that you are responsible for the many details associated with the praying of the Liturgy of the Hours that day. There is music to select, there are readers to...

A Friend Who Is Always There

Posted on January 26, 2019
office book
To prepare for my next class I’ve been reading about the Liturgy of the Hours, a staple of Benedictine life, a work of the people. This prayer has been a part of my life for nearly twenty years and I still marvel at...

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