Liturgical Prayer

The Suscipe

Posted on August 17, 2019
Jubilee 2014
Chapter 58 of the Rule of Benedict tells us about the use of a certain prayer during the ritual of profession. As is often the case, this prayer is named after its first word in Latin – here Suscipe -- which means ‘...


Posted on June 29, 2019
Office books
Recall that a canticle is a "little song" which, in the Liturgy of the Hours, includes Scripture other than that of the Book of Psalms. This Gospel canticle is named after its first word, Magnificat, the Latin term...


Posted on June 22, 2019
Office books
Derived from the Latin canticulum, a canticle is a little song. In the Liturgy of the Hours canticles are songs which include Scripture other than that of the Book of Psalms. This Gospel canticle is named after...


Posted on June 15, 2019
It was five months after I was bitten by the Iconography bug that I travelled to Saint Benedict, Louisiana for a second workshop. A fellow iconographer lived in the area but what really clinched the deal for me was...

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...