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April-June 2014

APRIL 2014

Daily Posting: March 19/April 1

Why go ye about to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth? [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Tuesday, IV week in Lent]

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We beseech thee, O Lord, that the sacred fast which we observe: may bring upon us both an increase in all godly conversation, and the continual help of thy loving-kindness. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reignest God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Lauds, Tuesday, fourth week in Lent]

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But no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come. [Magnificat antiphon, Vespers, Tuesday, fourth week in Lent]

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Have compassion, O Lord, upon the people: and grant that those who labour under continual tribulations may be graciously relieved. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reignest God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Vespers, Tuesday, fourth week in Lent]

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April Liturgical Calendar

DAYNCOCF/A
OBSERVANCE
TUE119F
WED220F/A*St. Cuthbert, BC, III / St. Photini, IV
THU321St. Benedict, I
FRI422F/A
SAT523A*
SUN624PASSION SUNDAY / St. Gabriel, II
MON725ANNUNCIATION, I
TUE826FSt. Tikhon, BC, III
WED927F/ASt. Joseph of Arimathea, III
THU1028F
FRI1129F/A
SAT1230A*St John Climacus, AB, IV
SUN1331PALM SUNDAY / St Innocent of Alaska, BC, IV
MON141F/AMonday in Holy Week
TUE152F/ATuesday in Holy Week / St. Mary of Egypt, Penitent, IV
WED163F/AWednesday in Holy Week / (Anointing Service)
THU174F/AMaundy Thursday / St. Ambrose, BCD, III
FRI185F/AGood Friday
SAT196F/A*Holy Saturday
SUN207EASTER
MON218Octave
TUE229Octave
WED2310Octave
THU2411Octave / St. Leo the Great, BCD, III
FRI2512Octave
SAT2613Octave / St Justin, M, III
SUN2714SUNDAY IN ALBIS
MON2815St. Alphege, IV
TUE2916
WED3017


RANKS of Feasts:
I.Solemnity
II.Greater Feast
III.Lesser Feast
IV.Commemoration

Ranks I & II always have first and second Vespers; take precedence over Sundays ranked II; suspend fasting & abstinence from First Vespers through Second Vespers.

Rank III has First Vespers only and uses the psalms of the occurring feria, with proper antiphons (or antiphons from the Common).

Rank IV are commemorated only at First Vespers and Lauds, though the Mass may be of the commemorated saint(s).

See Customary for ranking of Sundays.

Abbreviations:
Ab = Abbot, AbbessK = King
AP = ApostleM = Martyr
APS = ApostlesMk = Monastic
B = BishopMM = Martyrs
C = ConfessorP = Priest, Prophet
Dc = DeaconV = Virgin
D = DoctorVV = Virgins
EV = EvangelistW = Widow

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Daily Posting: March 20/April 2

We wish the mission of St Cuthbert in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, under the pastoral care of Fr. David Kinghorn and Matushka Patricia, a blessed feast day. A link to their church web site is here: Saint Cuthbert Orthodox Church

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O God, who by thy priceless gift of grace dost make thy Saints to be glorious: grant, we beseech thee, at the intercession of blessed Cuthbert, thy Confessor and Bishop, that we may be enabled to attain unto the height of virtue. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, St. Cuthbert, March 20/April 2]

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Master, wherein hath this man sinned, that he was born blind? Jesus answered and said: Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents; but that the works of God should be manifest in him. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Wednesday, IV week in Lent]

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O GOD, who through the ordinance of fasting dost vouchsafe to the righteous the reward of his deserving, and to the sinner forgiveness or his sin: have mercy upon thy suppliant people, that the confession of our guilt may avail to obtain the pardon of our offenses. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reignest God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Lauds, Wednesday, fourth week in Lent]

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A man that is called Jesus made clay out of spittle and anointed mine eyes, and now I see. [Magnificat antiphon, Vespers, Wednesday, IV week in Lent]

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Let thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of thy humble servants: and that they may obtain their petitions, make them to ask such things as shall please thee. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reignest God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Vespers, Wednesday, fourth week in Lent]

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Daily Posting: March 21/April 3

Let all the multitude of the faithful exult in the glory of the gracious Father Benedict: and chiefly let the company of monks be joyful, celebrating his festival on earth, in whose goodly fellowship the saints rejoice in heaven. [Magnificat antiphon, first Vespers, the Passing of our Holy Father St. Benedict, March 21/April 3]

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Benedict, thou father and guide of monks, thou most holy Confessor of the Lord, intercede for us all and for our salvation. [Benedictus antiphon, the Passing of our Holy Father St. Benedict, March 21/April 3]

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Almighty and everlasting God, who as on this day didst release thy most venerable Confessor Benedict from the flesh, that thou mightest lift him up to heaven: we beseech thee, grant unto us thy servants who keep this festival the pardon of all our sins; that we, who with glad hearts rejoice in his glory, may at his intercession with thee be made partakers of his everlasting reward. [Collect, the Passing of our Holy Father St. Benedict, March 21/April 3]

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To-day holy Benedict, while his disciples beheld it, ascended by way of the East on a straight pathway to heaven: to-day with hands uplifted, he died between the words of his supplication: to-day he was received into glory by the Angels. [Magnificat antiphon, second Vespers, the Passing of our Holy Father St. Benedict, March 21/April 3]

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Jesus went into a city called Nain: and behold there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Thursday, IV week in Lent]

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Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we who are chastised by voluntary fasting, may be gladdened by holy devotion; that our earthly affections being weakened, we may the more easily lay hold on heavenly things. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Lauds, Thursday, fourth week in Lent]

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A great prophet is risen up among us, and God hath visited his people. [Magnificat antiphon, Vespers, Thursday, fourth week in Lent]

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O God, the Disposer and Ruler of thy people: drive out the sins which assail them; that they may ever be well-pleasing to thee, and safe under thy protection. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Vespers, Thursday, fourth week in Lent]

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Daily Posting: March 22/April 4

From the Fathers … (Prayer of St. Cyprian)

Almighty God, who resist the proud and gives grace to the humble; send your Holy Spirit and let that mind be in us, which was also in Christ Jesus, that we may be meek and lowly of heart, and never by our foolish pride provoke your indignation; but, receiving into humble and thankful hearts the gifts of your providence and of your grace, may thereby be continually refreshed. Teach us not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think; to be modest in speech, just and merciful in action, and benevolent unto all. Let us prefer nothing to him, who preferred nothing to our salvation; but grant us that adhering inseparably to his Kingdom, and standing bravely by his Cross, we may be found faithful unto death, and at the end may be admitted into the joy of his most blessed presence. Amen.

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Our friend Lazarus sleepeth: let us go, that we may awake him out of sleep. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Friday, IV week in Lent]

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O GOD, who renewest the world by ineffable sacraments: grant, we beseech thee, that thy Church may never fail to profit by thine eternal institutions, nor yet be left destitute of thy temporal help. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Lauds, Friday, IV week in Lent]

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Lord, if thou hadst been here, Lazarus would not have died: lo, by this time he stinketh; for he hath lain in the grave four days already. [Magnificat antiphon, Vespers, Friday, IV week in Lent]

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GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we who, knowing our own weakness, do put our whole trust and confidence in thy strength, may ever rejoice in thy loving-kindness. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Vespers, Friday, IV week in Lent]

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Daily Posting: March 23/April 5

He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life, saith the Lord. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Saturday before Passion Sunday]

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LET our devout affections, O Lord, we beseech thee, be made fruitful through thy grace: for then will the fast which we have undertaken be profitable unto us, if it be well-pleasing unto thy goodness. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Lauds, Saturday before Passion Sunday]

THE royal banners forward go:
The Cross-shines forth in mystic glow;
Where he in flesh, our flesh who made,
Our sentence bore, our ransom paid.

Where deep for us the spear was dyed.
Life's torrent rushing from his side,
To wash us in that precious flood
Where mingled Water flowed and Blood.

Fulfilled is all that David told
In true prophetic song of old:
Amidst the nations, God, saith he,
Hath reigned and triumphed from the Tree.

O Tree of beauty! Tree of light!
O Tree with royal purple dight!
Elect on whose triumphal breast
Those holy limbs should find their rest:

On whose dear arms, so widely flung,
The weight of this world's ransom hung,
The price of humankind to pay,
And spoil the spoiler of his prey.

O Cross, our one reliance, hail!
This holy Passiontide avail
To give fresh merit to the saint
And pardon to the penitent.

To thee, eternal Three in One.
Let homage meet by all be done:
Whom by the Cross thou dost restore,
Preserve and govern evermore. Amen.

Hymn at Vespers throughout Passiontide [Vexilla Regis prodeunt]

I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me. [Magnificat antiphon, Vespers, Saturday before Passion Sunday]

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The Angel Gabriel came in unto Mary and said, Hail, thou that art full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women. [Magnificat antiphon, first Vespers, St. Gabriel, March 24/April 6]

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O God, who from among other Angels didst choose the Archangel; Gabriel to announce the mystery of the Incarnation: mercifully grant that we who celebrate his feast on earth may experience his protection from heaven. Who with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen.[Collect, St. Gabriel, March 24/April 6]

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Daily Posting: March 24/April 6

The Angel Gabriel descended to Zacharias and said unto him: Thy wife shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John; and many shall rejoice at his birth; for he shall go before the face of the Lord, to prepare his ways. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, St. Gabriel, March 24/April 6]

The Archangel Gabriel said unto Mary: With God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it unto me according thy word. And the Angel departed from her. [Magnificat antiphon, second Vespers, St. Gabriel, March 24/April 6]

Thirty years among us dwelling,
His appointed time fulfilled,
Born for this, he meets his Passion,
For this he freely willed;
On the Cross the Lamb is lifted,
Where his life-blood shall be spilled.

He endured the nails, the spitting
Vinegar, and spear, and reed:
From that holy Body broken
Blood and Water forth proceed:
Earth, and stars, and sky, and ocean,
By that flood from stain are freed.

Faithful Cross, above all other
One and only noble Tree;
None in foliage, none in blossom,
None in fruit thy peer may be:
Sweetest wood, and sweetest iron!
Sweetest weight is hung on thee.

Bend thy boughs, O Tree of glory,
Thy relaxing sinews bend:
For awhile the ancient rigour
That thy birth bestowed, suspend:
And the King of heavenly beauty
On thy bosom gently tend.

Thou alone wast counted worthy
This world's ransom to sustain;
That a shipwrecked race for ever
Might a port of refuge gain:
With" the sacred Blood anointed
Of the Lamb for sinners slain.

Glory be to God, and honour
In the highest, as is meet,
To the Son and to the Father,
And the eternal Paraclete,
Whose is boundless praise and power
Through the ages infinite. Amen.

Lauds hymn - Passiontide [Lustris sex qui jam peractis]

Jesus said unto the multitude of the Jews, and to the chief priests: He that is of God heareth God's words; ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Passion Sunday]

WE beseech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon thy people: that by thy great goodness they may be governed and preserved evermore, both in body and soul. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Lauds, Passion Sunday]

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Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; and he saw it and was glad. [Magnificat antiphon, Vespers on Passion Sunday]

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The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, Mary: and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee. [Magnificat antiphon, first Vespers, Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary]

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Daily Posting: March 25/April 7

How shall this be, O Angel of God, seeing that I know not a man? Hearken, O Virgin Mary: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee. [Benedictus antiphon, Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary]

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O God, who didst ordain that thy Word should take flesh of the blessed Virgin Mary, at the message of an Angel: grant that we thy suppliants, who believe her to be indeed the Mother of God, may be aided by her intercessions before thee. Through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest for ever. Amen. [Collect, Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary]

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The Angel Gabriel spake unto Mary, saying: Hail, thou that at full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women. [Magnificat antiphon, second Vespers, Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary]

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In the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Monday, Passion Week]

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SANCTIFY our fast, we beseech thee, O Lord: and mercifully bestow upon us the pardon of all our faults. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Monday, Lauds, Passion Week]

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If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink: and out of his belly shall flow living water, saith the Lord. [Magnificat antiphon, Vespers, Monday, Passion Week]

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GRANT unto thy people, we beseech thee, O Lord, health of mind and body: that cleaving to good works, they may ever deserve to be defended by thy mighty protection. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Monday, Vespers, Passion Week]

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Daily Posting: March 26/April 8

St Tikhon, a Patron of Western Rite Orthodoxy.

Behold a great priest, who in his days pleased God, and was found righteous. [Antiphon at Vespers and Lauds]

O Lord, we beseech thee, hear the prayers which we offer thee on the solemnity of blessed Tikhon, thy Bishop and Confessor: and by the intercession of him who worthily attained to serve thee, absolve us from all our sins. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, St. Tikhon, March 26/April 8]

SING, my tongue, the glorious battle.
Sing the last, the dread affray;
O'er the Cross, the Victor's trophy,
Sound the high triumphal lay,
How, the pains of death enduring,
Earth's Redeemer won the day.

HE, our Maker, deeply grieving
That the first made Adam fell
When he ate the fruit forbidden
Whose reward was death and hell,
Marked e'en then this Tree the ruin
Of the first tree to dispel.

THUS the work for our salvation
He ordained to be done;
To the traitor's art opposing
Art yet deeper than his own:
Thence the remedy procuring
Whence the fatal wound begun.

THEREFORE, when at length the fulness
Of the appointed time was come,
He was sent, the world's Creator,
From the Father's heavenly home,
And was found in human fashion,
Offspring of the Virgin's womb.

LO! he lies, an Infant weeping,
Where, the narrow manger stands,
While the Mother-Maid his members
Wraps in mean and lowly bands,
And the swaddling clothes is winding
Round his helpless feet and hands.

Praise and honour to the Father,
Praise and honour to the Son,
Praise and honour to the Spirit,
Ever Three and ever One.
One in might, and One in glory
While eternal ages run. Amen.

Matins hymn - Passiontide [Pange, lingua, gloriosi]

My time is not yet come, but your time is alway ready. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Tuesday, Passion Week]

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May our fasts be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, we beseech thee: and by their atoning power, both make us worthy of thy grace, and lead us on to everlasting remedies. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Tuesday, Lauds, Passion Week]

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Go ye up unto this feast : I go not up yet, for my time is not yet full come. [Magnificat antiphon, Vespers, Tuesday, Passion Week]

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WE beseech thee, O Lord, give us perseverance in humble service according to thy will: that in our day the people that serveth thee may increase both in number and in merit. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Tuesday, Vespers, Passion Week]

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Daily Posting: March 27/April 9

A Collect from the Gelasian Sacramentary

May the Lord God bless us with all heavenly benediction, and make us pure and holy in His sight. May the riches of His glory abound in us. May He instruct us with the word of truth, inform us with the Gospel of salvation, and enrich us with His love, through Jess Christ our Lord. Amen.

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An article on American apostasy from Orthodoxy: "Losing our Religion: On “Retaining” Young People in the Orthodox Church"

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My sheep hear my voice and I the Lord both know them, and they follow me. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Thursday, Passion Week]

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MERCIFULLY enlighten the hearts of thy faithful people, O God, by this fast which thou hast hallowed: and in thy loving-kindness graciously give ear to thy suppliant people unto whom thou grantest the grace of devotion. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, wednesday, Lauds, Passion Week]

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Many good works have I wrought among you: for which of these works do ye wish to kill me? [Magnificat antiphon, Vespers, Wednesday, Passion Week]

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ASSIST us mercifully, Almighty God, in these our supplications: and grant that we, to whom thou hast given a full assurance of hope in thy goodness, may receive the fruit of thy wonted loving-kindness. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Wednesday, Vespers, Passion Week]

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Daily Posting: March 28/April 10

Prayer from St. Polycarp

May God the Father, and the eternal High Priest Jesus Christ, build us up in faith and truth and love, and grant us our portion among the saints with all those who believe on our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray for all saints, for kings and rulers, for the enemies of the cross of Christ, and for ourselves we pray that our fruit may abound and we may be made perfect in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

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The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at thy house with my disciples. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Thursday, Passion Week]

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GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that as the dignity of human nature hath been injured through excess so by zeal for healing frugality it may be restored. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Thursday, Lauds, Passion Week]

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With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. [Magnificat antiphon, Vespers, Thursday, Passion Week]

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BE favourable to thy people, O Lord, we beseech thee: and grant that they, eschewing those things which displease thee, may be the more abundantly filled with the delights of thy commandments. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Thursday, Vespers, Passion Week]

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Daily Posting: March 29/April 11

Now the feast day of the Jews drew nigh; and the chief priests sought how they might kill Jesus, but they feared the people. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Friday, Passion Week]

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WE beseech thee, O Lord, mercifully pour thy grace into our hearts: that we who restrain ourselves from sin by voluntary chastisement, may rather suffer in time than be doomed to eternal punishment. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Friday, Lauds, Passion Week]

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The chief priests consulted how they might take Jesus and kill him; but they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people. [Magnificat antiphon, Vespers, Saturday, Passion Week]

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GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God that we who seek the grace of thy protection, may be delivered from all evils and serve thee with a quiet mind. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Friday, Vespers, Passion Week]

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Daily Posting: March 30/April 12

Prayer of Venerable Bede

I ask thee, good Jesus, that as thou hast graciously granted to me here on earth sweetly to partake of the words of thy wisdom and knowledge, so thou wilt promise me that I may some time come to thee, the fountain of all wisdom, and always appear thy face, who livest and reignest, world without end.

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O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world began. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Saturday, Passion Week]

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WE beseech thee, O Lord, let the people dedicated unto thee advance in the spirit of godly devotion: that being disciplined by holy exercises, they may become the more pleasing unto thy Majesty as they increase in more excellent gifts. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Saturday, Lauds, Passion Week]

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Righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, because thou hast sent me. [Magnificat antiphon, Vespers, Saturday, Passion Week]

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Prayer of St. Jerome

O Lord, thou hast mercy on all; take away from me my sins, and mercifully set me ablaze with the fire of thy Holy Spirit. Take away from me the heart of stone, and give me a human heart, a heart to love and adore thee, a heart to delight in thee, to follow and enjoy thee, for Christ's sake. Amen.

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Daily Posting: March 31/April 13 (Palm Sunday - 2014)

The multitudes which came together for the feast day cried unto the Lord: Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Palm Sunday]

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ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection. Through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest for ever. Amen. [Collect, Palm Sunday]

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For it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee; there shall ye see me, saith the Lord. [Magnificat antiphon, Vespers, Palm Sunday]

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Daily Posting: April 1/14

During this time of Holy Week, as we enter into the solemn mysteries of our Saviour's passion, death, and resurrection, we will not be doing any daily postings. We encourage all to attend to the hymns and prayers of this week's liturgies, to submit oneself to them and let them resonate within. May God bless all at this sacred time. We will resume our postings at Easter, when, after a long Lenten silence, we joyfully sing Alleluia. There will be no public services at the monastery, with the monks attending local Orthodox services. The next public service at Christminster will be the Easter Morrow Mass on Sunday, 20 April, at 8:00am.

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Daily Posting: April 7/20

The monks of Christminster wish all our friends and benefactors a most joyous and blessed Eastertide. Sing with us our Pascal joy:

CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD.
DEATH BY DEATH HE DOTH DOWNTREAD.
AND ON THOSE WHOM DEATH HATH SLAIN
HE BESTOWETH LIFE AGAIN.
ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA!
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Daily Posting: April 8/21

Prayers from Old England

O Lord Jesus Christ, hope of the sorrowful; help of the sick; life of the dying; resurrection of the dead. Rendering thee my thanks, I beseech thee, O most high God, that thou who, breaking the bonds of death, didst rise from the grave in power and in joy, wouldst grant me, wretched mortal that I am, a share I the first resurrection by forgiving my sins, and in the second resurrection by bestowing on me a never-ending life with thy saints in heaven. Amen.

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Jesus himself drew near to his disciples in the way, and went with them: but their eyes were holden that they should not know him: and he rebuked them, saying, O fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Monday in Easter week]

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O God, who in the Paschal festival hast given unto the world thy healing remedies: continue, we beseech thee, to bestow thy heavenly gift upon thy people; that thereby they may be made worthy of perfect freedom, and may advance to everlasting life. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Monday in Easter week]

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What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another; as ye walk, and are sad? alleluia, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Monday in Easter week]

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Daily Posting: April 9/22

An interesting article from FIRST THINGS....

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Now that the day light fills the sky,
We lift our hearts to God on high,
That he, in all we do or say,
Will keep us free from harm to-day:

Would guard our hearts and tongues from strife;
From anger's din would hide our life;
From all ill sights would turn our eyes;
Would close our ears from vanities:

Would keep our inmost conscience Pure;
Our souls from folly would secure;
Would bid us check the pride of sense
With due and holy abstinence.

So we, when this new day is gone,
And night is drawing on,
With conscience by the world unstained
Shall praise his name for victory gained.

To thee who, dead, again dost live,
All glory, Lord, thy people give;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete. Amen.

[Hymn at Prime {Jam lucis orto sidere} (with Eastertide Doxology)]

Jesus stood in the midst of his disciples and said unto them, Peace be unto you, alleluia, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Tuesday in Easter week]

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O GOD, who dost continually multiply thy Church with new offspring, grant unto thy servants, that they may hold fast in their lives the mystery which by faith they have received. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Tuesday in Easter week]

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Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself, alleluia, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Tuesday in Easter week]

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Daily Posting: April 10/23
O CHRIST, the heavens' eternal King,
Creator, unto thee we sing,
With God the Father ever One,
Co-equal, co-eternal Son.

THY hand, when first the world began,
Made in thine own pure image man,
And linked to fleshly form of earth
A living soul of heavenly birth.

AND when the envious crafty foe
Had marred thy noblest work below,
Thou didst our ruined state repair
By deigning flesh thyself to wear.

ONCE of a virgin born to save,
And now new-born from death's dark grave,
O Christ, thou bidst us rise with thee
From death to immortality.

ETERNAL Shepherd, thou art wont
To cleanse thy chosen at the font,
That mystic bath, that grave of sin,
Where ransomed souls new life begin.

DIVINE Redeemer, thou didst deign
To bear for us the cross of pain,
And gavest there thy blood to be
The price of our eternity.

TO thee who, dead, again dost live,
Al1 glory, Lord, thy people give;
A1l glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete.

Matins Hymn during Paschaltide [Rex sempiterne]

Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Wednesday in Easter week]

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O GOD, who makest us glad with the yearly solemnity of the Lord's Resurrection: mercifully grant that through the transient feasts which we do keep, we may become worthy to attain unto joys eternal. Through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest for ever. Amen. [Collect, Wednesday in Easter week]

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Jesus saith unto his disciples, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of great fishes, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Wednesday in Easter week]

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Daily Posting: April 11/24
This is the day which the Lord hath made, alleluia.
We will rejoice and be glad in it, alleluia.
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Light's glittering morn bedecks the sky,
Heaven thunders forth its victor cry,
The glad earth shouts its triumph high,
And groaning hell makes wild reply:

While he, the King glorious might,
Treads down death's strength in death's despite,
And trampling hell by victor's right,
Brings forth his sleeping Saints to light.

Fast barred beneath the stone of late
In watch and ward where soldiers wait,
Now shining in triumphant state,
He rises Victor from death's gate.

Hell's pains are loosed, and tears are fled;
Captivity is captive led;
The Angel, crowned with light, hath said,
'The Lord is risen the dead.'

We pray thee, King with glory decked,
In this our Paschal joy, protect
From all that death would fain effect
Thy ransomed flock, thine own elect.

To thee who, dead, again dost live,
All glory, Lord, thy people give;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete. Amen.

Hymn at Lauds during Paschaltide [Aurora lucis rutilat]
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Mary stood at the sepulchre weeping, and seeth two Angels in white, sitting, and the napkin that was about the head of Jesus, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Thursday in Easter week]

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GOD, who hast knit together divers nations in the one confession of thy Name: grant that they who have been born again in the font of Baptism, may likewise be one in inward faith and holiness of conversation. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Thursday in Easter week]

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They have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. If thou have borne him hence, tell me, alleluia: and I will take him away, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Thursday in Easter week]

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Daily Posting: April 12/25
THE Lamb's high banquet we await
In snow-white robes of royal state:
And now, the Red Sea's channel past,
To Christ our Prince we sing at last.

Upon the Altar of the Cross
His Body hath redeemed our loss:
And tasting of his roseate Blood,
Our life is hid with him in God.

That Paschal Eve God's arm was bared,
The devastating Angel spared:
By strength of hand our hosts went free
From Pharaoh's ruthless, tyranny.

Now Christ, our Paschal Lamb, is s1ain,
The Lamb of God that knows no stain,
The true Oblation offered here,
Our own unleavened Bread sincere.

O thou, from whom hell's monarch flies,
O great, O very Sacrifice,
Thy captive people are set free,
And endless life restored in thee.

For Christ, arising from the dead,
From conquered hell victorious sped,
And thrust the tyrant down to chains,
And Paradise for man regains.

We pray thee, King with glory decked,
In this our Paschal joy, protect
From all that death would fain effect
Thy ransomed flock, thine own elect.

To thee who, dead, again dost live,
All glory, Lord, thy people give;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete. Amen.

Hymn of Vespers during Paschaltide [Ad cœnam Agni providi]

The eleven disciples, when they saw the Lord in Galilee, worshipped him, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Friday in Easter week]

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ALMIGHTY, everlasting God, who hast conferred the Paschal Mystery upon mankind for a covenant of reconciliation: grant unto our souls that what we celebrate with our lips we may effectually shew forth in our lives. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Friday in Easter week]

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All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Friday in Easter week]

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Daily Posting: April 13/26

O God, who through the foolishness of the Cross didst marvelously teach blessed Justin Martyr the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ: grant, at his intercession, that, repelling the errors which beset us, we may attain unto steadfastness in the faith. Through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest for ever. Amen.

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They ran both together, and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Saturday before Low Sunday]

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GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we who have devoutly kept the Paschal Feast, may thereby be counted worthy to attain unto eternal joys. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Saturday before Low Sunday]

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The same day at evening being, the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto You, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Saturday before Low Sunday and Benedictus antiphon, Low Sunday]

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Daily Posting: April 14/27

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we who have fulfilled the Paschal feast may, by thy bounty, shew forth its effects in our life and actions. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Low Sunday]

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After eight days, when the doors were shut, the Lord entered, and said unto them, Peace be unto you, alleluia, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Low Sunday]

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Daily Posting: April 15/28

O God, who didst adorn thy blessed Bishop Alphege with the dignity of the priesthood and with the palm of martyrdom: mercifully grant that we may be so assisted by his intercession before thee, that we may rejoice with him in eternal happiness. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, St. Alphege, April 14/28]

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When Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, first week after octave of Easter]

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Peace be unto you, it is I, alleluia: be not afraid, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, first week after octave of Easter]

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Daily Posting: April 16/29

Blessed are those that are undefiled in the way, and walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and seek him with their whole heart. [Psalm 118[119]:1-2]

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I go before you into Galilee: there shall ye see me, as I said unto you, alleluia, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Tuesday, first week after octave of Easter]

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Reach hither thy finger, and examine the print of the nails, alleluia: and be not faithless, but believing, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Tuesday, first week after octave of Easter]

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Daily Posting: April 17/30
Today is the feast of St. Joseph, celebrated on the Wednesday after Low Sunday. (We apologize for forgetting to include this in the April calendar.) We ask you on this feast day to remember in your prayers our Fr. Joseph, who is currently a patient at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

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JOSEPH, whose glory fills the Church with praises,
Spouse of the Virgin, Jesus' foster-father,
From the Almighty came thy high vocation.
Best of protectors.

WHEN the Redeemer, whom the prophets' chorus
Long had predicted, lay within the manger,
Glad was thy spirit, while in adoration
Lowly thou kneeledst.

HE, who as Monarch reigns o'er al1 creation,
Feared in the deepest, worshipped in the highest,
Veiling his Godhead, rendered meek subjection
Unto thy bidding.

PRAISE to the Godhead, Three in One for ever,
Who with such honour wondrously hath blest thee;
O may he grant us, hearing thy petition,
Joys everlasting. Amen.

Matins Hymn - - Feast of St. Joseph [Cælitum, Joseph, decus]
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O Joseph, heavenly hosts thy worthiness proclaim,
And Christendom conspires to celebrate thy fame,
Thou who in purest bonds wert to the Virgin bound;
How glorious is thy name renowned,

Thou, when thou didst behold thy Spouse about to bear,
Wert sore oppressed with doubt, wert filled with wondering care;
At length the Angel's word thy anxious heart relieved:
She by the Spirit hath conceived.

Thou with thy new-born Lord didst seek far Egypt's land,
As wandering pilgrims, ye fled o'er the desert sand;
That Lord, when lost, by thee is in the temple found,
While tears are shed, and joys abound.

Not till death's hour is past do other men obtain
The meed of holiness, and glorious rest attain;
Thou, like to Angels made, in life completely blest,
Dost clasp thy God unto thy breast.

O Holy Trinity, thy suppliant servants spare;
Grant us to rise to heaven, for Joseph's sake and prayer,
And so our grateful hearts to thee shall ever raise
Exulting canticles of praise. Amen.

Hymn at Vespers - - Feast of St. Joseph [Te, Joseph, celebrent]
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Then Joseph, being raised from sleep, did as the Angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife. [Magnificat antiphon, first Vespers - - Feast of St. Joseph]

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HE, whom the faithful joyously do honour,
Singing his praises with devout affection,
Won on this feast day, in eternal glory
Life everlasting.

Best beyond others, and exceeding blissful,
For, when the moment of his death was nearing,
Jesus and Mary at his side were standing,
Soothing his spirit.

Death doth he conquer, laying down his burden,
Calmly he slumbers, rest he gains eternal;
Lo, round his forehead, bright with rays of splendour,
Shineth a garland.

Then, as he reigneth, earnestly beseech we
That he may utter fervent intercessions,
Praying that pardon and the peace of heaven
May be our portion.

Glory we give thee, hymns of praise and blessing,
One in Three Persons, who above art reigning,
God, who hast honoured with thy crown for ever
This thy true servant. Amen.

Hymn at Lauds - - Feast of St. Joseph [Iste quem læti]
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Jesus himself began to be about thirty years age, being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds - - Feast of St. Joseph]

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HELP us, we beseech thee, O Lord, for the worth of him who espoused thy most holy Mother: that those good things which we cannot obtain by our own power may be given us at his petition. Who with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. [Collect - - Feast of St. Joseph]

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Behold a faithful and wise servant whom his Lord hath made ruler over his household. [Magnificat antiphon, second Vespers - - Feast of St. Joseph]

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For they who do no wickedness * walk in his ways. Thou hast charged that we shall diligently keep thy commandments. [Psalm 118[119]:3-4]

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I am the true vine, alleluia: and ye are the true branches, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Wednesday, first week after octave of Easter]

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Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Wednesday, first week after octave of Easter]

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Daily Posting: April 18/May 1

O that my ways were made so direct, that I might keep thy statutes! So shall I not be confounded, while l have respect unto all thy commandments. [Psalm 118[119]:5-6]

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My heart burns within me: I desire to behold my Lord: I seek, and fhttp://christm.orthodoxws.com/admin/html_edit.php?pageid=56&id=32ind not where they have laid him, alleluia, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Thursday, first week after octave of Easter]

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I did put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, and said, My Lord and my God, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Thursday, first week after octave of Easter]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Sermon by St. Augustine, Bishop
(Sermon for the Octave of Easter - [Low Sunday])
Readings during the second Nocturn

THE Paschal Solemnity ends with to-day's festival, and therefore to-day the neophytes change their festal garments: in such a way, however, that the whiteness that they lay aside in their garments is retained for ever in their hearts. Bearing this in mind, let us make it our first concern, since these are the days of the Passover, that is, of pardon and remission of sins, that we celebrate these holy days in such a way that the purity of our souls is not tarnished while we relax in body. But rather let us abstain from all luxury, uncleanness and drunkenness; in short, let our relaxation be sober, and in holy sincerity, so that whatever we have not yet acquired by bodily abstinence, we may seek to obtain by purity of mind.

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Daily Posting: April 19/May 2

The Very Rev Luke Lewis Glidden, Rector Emeritus of St Stephen the Martyr (Western) Orthodox Church, Oakland, Maine, passed on to his eternal reward at 1:30 am this morning.

Please remember him in your Masses.

Also remember his wife, Matushka Elizabeth Le Ping Chen Glidden in your prayers.

A wake is planned for Tuesday and Funeral Requiem is tentatively planned for that evening.

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There came unto the tomb Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, to see the sepulchre, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Friday, first week after octave of Easter]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Sermon by St. Augustine, Bishop
(Sermon for the Octave of Easter – [Low Sunday])
Readings during the second Nocturn - continued.

MY discourse concerns all who are under our care; and yet on this day which ends the festival of the mysteries, we are especially addressing you, the new shoots of holiness, born anew by water and the Holy Ghost: our goodly shoot, our new crop, our flower of honour, and fruit of our labour, my joy and my crown, all you who-stand in the Lord.

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I will thank thee with an unfeigned heart, when I shall have learned the judgments of thy righteousness. I will keep thy ceremonies; O forsake me not utterly. [Psalm 118[119]:7-8]

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May Calendar
MAY
DAYNCOCF/AOBSERVANCE
THU118
FRI219A
SAT320Feast of Relics
SUN421EASTER II
MON522
TUE623St. George, III
WED724A*Greater Litanies
THU825St. Mark, Evangelist, II
FRI926ASt. Cletus, BM, IV
SAT1027
SUN1128EASTER III
MON1229
TUE1330A*Vigil
WED141St. Philip and James, Apostles, II
THU152St. Athanasius, BCD, III
FRI163Finding of the Holy Cross, I
SAT174St. Monica, W, III
SUN185EASTER IV
MON196St. John of Damascus, BD, III
TUE207
WED218St. Michael the Archangel, II
THU229St. Gregory Nazianzen, BCD, III
FRI2310A
SAT2411
SUN2512EASTER V
MON2613F/ARogation Day
TUE2714F/ARogation Day, St. Pachomius, AB, III
WED2815F/A*Vigil of Ascension
THU2916ASCENSION DAY, I; St. Brendan, AB, IV
FRI3017AConversion of St. Augustine, IV; Octave
SAT3118Octave


RANKS of Feasts:
I.Solemnity
II.Greater Feast
III.Lesser Feast
IV.Commemoration

Ranks I & II always have first and second Vespers; take precedence over Sundays ranked II; suspend fasting & abstinence from First Vespers through Second Vespers.

Rank III has First Vespers only and uses the psalms of the occurring feria, with proper antiphons (or antiphons from the Common).

Rank IV are commemorated only at First Vespers and Lauds, though the Mass may be of the commemorated saint(s).

See Customary for ranking of Sundays.

Abbreviations:
Ab = Abbot, AbbessK = King
AP = ApostleM = Martyr
APS = ApostlesMk = Monastic
B = BishopMM = Martyrs
C = ConfessorP = Priest, Prophet
Dc = DeaconV = Virgin
D = DoctorVV = Virgins
EV = EvangelistW = Widow

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Daily Posting: April 20/May 3

I am the Shepherd of the sheep: I am the way, the truth and the life; I am the Good Shepherd; and I know my sheep, and am known of mine, alleluia, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Saturday, first week after octave of Easter and Benedictus antiphon, second Sunday after Easter]

Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Sermon by St. Augustine, Bishop
(Sermon for the Octave of Easter – [Low Sunday])
Readings during the second Nocturn - continued.

I ADDRESS you in the apostolic words, Behold, the night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ. We have, it says, also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well to take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? * even by ruling himself after thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee; * O let me not go wrong out of thy commandments. [Psalm 118[119]:9-10]

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Daily Posting: April 21/May 4

Sermon by St. Leo the Great
Nocturn II - - Lesson v - - Sermon 73
On the Ascension of Our Lord
Second Sunday After Easter

THESE days, dearly beloved, which flowed between the Lord's Resurrection and Ascension, pursued no idle course, but great mysteries were established in them, great wonders were revealed. In them the fear of dreadful death is taken away, and the immortality, not only of the soul, but of the body too, is declared. In them, through the Lord's breathing, the Holy Spirit is poured out upon the Apostles. And to the blessed Apostle Peter, above the others, is entrusted, in addition to the keys of the kingdom, the care of the Lord's flock.

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O God, who by the humiliation of thy Son didst raise up a fallen I world: grant unto thy faithful people perpetual gladness; that those whom thou hast rescued from the peril of everlasting death may have the fruition of eternal joy. Through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest for ever. Amen. [Collect, second Sunday of Easter]

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I am the Good Shepherd, who feed my sheep: and I lay down my life for my sheep, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Vespers, second Sunday of Easter]

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Thy words have I hid within my heart, that I should not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O Lord; * O teach me thy statutes. [Psalm 118[119]:11-12]

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Daily Posting: April 22/May 5

Sermon by St. Leo the Great
Nocturn II - - Lesson vi - - Sermon 73 - - continued
On the Ascension of Our Lord
Second Sunday After Easter

IN these days, the Lord joins two disciples as a third companion on the road, and in order to dispel all the darkness of our doubt, he rebukes the slowness of their timorous, wavering hearts: then their hearts are enlightened, and conceive the flame of faith: lukewarm no longer, they blaze up as the Lord expounds the scriptures.

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Go ye into the world, alleluia, and teach all nations, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Monday, second week of Easter]

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The Good Shepherd layeth down his life for the sheep, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Monday, second week of Easter]

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With my lips have I been telling of all the judgments of thy mouth. I have had as great delight in the way of thy testimonies, as in all manner of riches. [Psalm 118[119]:13-14]

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Daily Posting: April 23/May 6

The second Sunday after Easter is known as Good Shepherd Sunday, when the gospel parable of the Good Shepherd is proclaimed. In this gospel story we are given several insights into the mind of Christ and the will of God. Measured in light of these insights, we Orthodox Christians are rightly put to shame.

Our first shame is that we, too much "at ease in Sion," seem to lack notably the compassion and love the Good Shepherd manifests for those outside our "easeful" church world. Do we share his longing to bring home the wandering and lost -- whether these be those who have abandoned the Church, those who have never entered the Church's sheepfold because no shepherd has gone out of his way to invite them home, or those “not of this fold" who have seen the fold and its shepherds (some, not all of them) too busy squabbling among themselves to show to a spiritually hungry world what a good shepherd truly is and does?

We hear from Christ himself his hunger to seek out those apart from the Church who belong to him, to go out of his way to seek these loved ones, some of whom have rejected him, some who have never heard of him, or some repelled by hireling shepherds (wolves in shepherd's clothing) who have failed to be themselves radiant living icons of the Good Shepherd.

How many will be attracted to Christ by churchmen who themselves fail to manifest the Lord's vision of one fold/one shepherd?

How many will see the Good Shepherd when shepherds hurl excommunications at one another, more like petty princes squabbling over borders than the Lord who transcends all borders and divisions?

How many in North America will find a vision of the Good Shepherd and his one fold in a restive gaggle of Orthodox churches that seem unable to lay aside their self-serving divisions in order to manifest in the western world an icon of Christ's desired sheepfold? How much longer must America be a scene of ecclesiastical chaos that is attractive to no one, and keeps many from finding in Orthodoxy an icon of one fold, with its shepherds living and working in true visible unity and love?

Finally, turning to the issue of western-rite Orthodoxy, where can we see a reflection of the Good Shepherd? When a shepherd is seen to reach out to bring wandering westerners home to Orthodoxy, restoring to them their own valid Orthodox heritage, other shepherds raise a hue and cry against this attempt to bring lost sheep home to the one true fold of Orthodoxy. When the shepherds turn against one another, where and how is a lost world going to see living icons of the Good Shepherd?

From the depths of this world the cry can be heard: How long, O Lord, how long?

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I will talk of thy commandments, and have respect unto thy ways. My delight shall be in thy statutes, and I will not forget thy word. [Psalm 118[119]:15-16]

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Go ye into the world and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Tuesday, second week of Easter]

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He that is an hireling, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Tuesday, second week of Easter]

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O God, who makest us to rejoice in the intercessions of blessed George thy Martyr: mercifully grant that we who ask for thy benefits through him, may obtain them by the gift of thy grace. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, St. George, April 23/May 6]

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Daily Posting: April 24/May 7

Go unto my brethren and say unto them, alleluia: that they go into Galilee, there shall they see me, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Wednesday, second week of Easter]

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As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Wednesday, second week of Easter]

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O DO well unto thy servant; that I may live, and keep thy word. Open thou mine eyes; that I may see the wondrous things of thy law. [Psalm 118[119]:17-18]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Sermon by St. Gregory Nazianzen, Bishop
Sermon on Easter

THE Passover of the Lord, the Passover, and again, in honour of the Holy Trinity, I say, the Passover. This is to us the festival of all festivals and the celebration of all celebrations, not only among the feasts that pertain unto men and are established upon earth, but even among those that belong to Christ himself, and are celebrated to his glory, for this feast outshines all others, even as the sun outshines the stars. Yesterday the Lamb was slain and the doorposts anointed, while Egypt bewailed her first-born, but the Angel of death has passed us by, (for the sign was even to him a thing of terror and awe,) for we were protected by the Precious Blood.

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Daily Posting: April 25/May 8

THE Apostles' hearts were full of pain
For their dear Lord so lately slain,
By rebel servants doomed to die
A death of cruel agony.

WITH gentle voice the angel gave
The women tidings from the grave;
Fear not, your Master ye shall see;
He goes before to Galilee.

THEN, hastening on their eager way
The joyful tidings to convey,
Their Lord they met, their living Lord.
And falling at his feet adored.

THE Eleven, when they hear, with speed
To Galilee forthwith proceed,
That there once more they may behold
The Lord's dear face, as he foretold.

O LORD of all with us abide
In this our joyful Eastertide;
From every weapon death can wield
Thine own redeemed for ever shield.

ALL praise be thine, O risen Lord,
From heath to endless life restored;
All praise to God the Father be
And Holy Ghost eternally. Amen.

Matins hymn from the Common of Apostles and Evangelists In Paschaltide [Tristes erant Apostoli]
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O God, who didst exalt blessed Mark the Evangelist through the grace of preaching thy Gospel: grant, we beseech thee, that we may ever profit by his teaching, and be defended by his prayers. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, St. Mark the Evangelist, April 25/May 8]

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From the Book by St. Jerome, Priest
Lives of Illustrious Men

MARK, the disciple and interpreter of Peter, wrote a short Gospel at the request of the brethren at Rome embodying what he had heard Peter tell. When Peter had heard this he approved it and published it to be read to the Churches by his authority. So, taking the Gospel which he himself composed, Mark went to Egypt and first preaching Christ at Alexandria he formed a Church so admirable in doctrine and continence of living that he constrained all followers of Christ to his example.

PHILO, most learned of the Jews, seeing the first Church at Alexandria still predominantly Jewish, wrote a book on their manner of life as something creditable to his nation, telling how, as Luke says, the believers had all things in common at Jerusalem; so he, saw and recorded what was done at Alexandria, under the learned Mark. He died in the eighth year of Nero, and was buried at Alexandria, Anianus succeeding him.

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Art thou only a stranger, and hast not heard concerning Jesus, how they delivered him to be condemned to death? alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Thursday, second week of Easter]

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Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold and one Shepherd, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Thursday, second week of Easter]

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I am a stranger upon earth; O hide not thy commandments from me. My soul breaketh out for the very fervent desire that it hath alway unto thy judgements. [Psalm 118[119]:19-20]

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Daily Posting: April 26/May 9

Thou hast rebuked the proud; and cursed are they that do err from thy commandments. O turn from me shame and rebuke; for I have kept thy testimonies. [Psalm 118[119]:21-22]

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Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Friday, second week of Easter]

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Thou hast rebuked the proud; and cursed are they that do err from thy commandments. O turn from me shame and rebuke; for I have kept thy testimonies. [Psalm 118[119]:21-22]

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Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Friday, second week of Easter]

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The Lesson from the Holy Gospel according to St. John
Lesson ix ch. 20

ON the first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Homily by St. Gregory the Great
Homily 21 on the Gospels

YOU have heard, beloved brethren, how the holy women who had followed the Lord, came to the sepulchre with sweet spices, that they might zealously care for him, even in death, whom they had loved when he was living. But these things signify something in holy Church which we must do. And so it is necessary for us to hear what was done then, so that as we ponder over it we see what we have to do by way of imitation. Therefore if we, who believe in him who died, seek the Lord, bearing the good odour of virtues together with the repute of good works, then we do come to his sepulchre bringing sweet spices.

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Daily Posting: April 27/May 10

A little while, and ye shall not see me, saith the Lord: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father, alleluia, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Saturday, second week after octave of Easter and Benedictus antiphon, third Sunday after Easter]

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From the Treatise to Catechumens
by St. Augustine, Bishop
Sermon 3, - Chapter 4

Through woman came death, through woman came life: through Eve, destruction; through Mary, salvation. the former, corrupted, followed her seducer; the latter, inviolate, gave birth to the Saviour. Eve of her own free will received the draught proffered to her by the serpent, and gave it to the man, and thus they both became deserving of death. Mary, filled with heavenly grace from on high, brought forth life, through which dead flesh could be brought back to life. He who so wrought in her was none other than the Son of the Virgin and the Spouse of virgins, who gave his Mother fruitfulness and yet took not away her virginity.

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Princes also did sit and speak against me; but thy servant is occupied in thy statutes. For thy testimonies are my delight, and my counsellors. [Psalm 118[119]:23-24]

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Daily Posting: April 28/May 11

ALMIGHTY God who shewest to them that are in error the light of thy truth, to the intent that they may return into the way of righteousness; Grant unto all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ's Religion, that they may avoid those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same. Through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest for ever. Amen. [Collect, third Sunday after Easter]

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Verily I say unto you, that ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Sunday Vespers, third week of Easter]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Sermon by St. Augustine, Bishop
Lesson v - - - - - Sermon 242

IN these holy days of the Lord's resurrection, let us treat, as far as we are able, of that gift of the resurrection of the body. For this is our faith, this gift is promised us in the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in him we have the first example. He willed, not only to tell us of our future hope, but even to show it to us. He came to the disciples, and they were terrified when they saw him, and supposed that they had seen a spirit, yet he gave them proof of the firmness of his body.

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Daily Posting: April 29/May 12

And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them the scriptures concerning himself, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Monday, third week of Easter]

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Your sorrow shall be turned into joy, alleluia: and your joy no man taketh from you, alleluia, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Monday, third week of Easter]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Sermon by St. Augustine, Bishop
Lesson vi - - - - Sermon 242

HE spoke to them, not only with his word for their ears, but also with his form for their eyes. He proved his identity, not only by appearing before them, but also by offering himself to be touched and handled, for he said, Why are ye troubled, and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet; handle me, and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

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MY soul, cleaveth to the dust; O quicken thou me, according to thy word. I have acknowledged my ways, and thou heardest me: O teach me thy statutes. [Psalm 118[119]:25-26]

Make me to understand the way of thy commandments and so shall I talk of thy wondrous works. My soul melteth away for very heaviness; comfort thou me according unto thy word. [Psalm 118[119]:27-28]

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Daily Posting: April 30/May 13

THOU Light of light, and Day of days,
I co-mingling with the Father's rays;
Singing, we break the night with chant,
Beseeching thee; our prayers to grant.

THE shadows of our minds dispel
And put to flight the hounds of hell.
Let tempting sleep be thrust away
Lest slothfulness our souls dismay.

SO, Christ, have mercy on us all.
Who, trusting thee, believing fall
In prayer, entreating clemency,
And hymn thee with our psalmody.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee
Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

(Daily hymn (Matins - Tuesday) [Consors paterni])
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Take from me the way of lying, and cause thou me to make much of thy law. I have chosen the way of truth, and thy judgments have I laid before me. [Psalm 118[119]:29-30]

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And they constrained him, saying, Abide with us, O Lord, for it is toward evening, alleluia.[Benedictus antiphon, Tuesday, third week of Easter]

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Sorrow hath filled your heart: and your joy no man taketh from you, alleluia, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Tuesday, third week of Easter]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Sermon by St. Augustine, Bishop
(Sermon for the Octave of Easter – [Low Sunday])
Readings during the second Nocturn - continued.

LET your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord when he will return from the wedding. Behold, the days come, whereof the Lord says. A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me. This is the hour of which he said, ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: that is, this life, in which we journey separated from him, is full of temptations. But I will see you again, he says, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

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Daily Posting: May 1/14

O RULER and Creator, see
Thy people here, and set us free
From weight of sleep and dreaming's bane
As we arise in prayer again.

O HOLY Christ, we pray thee, spare
Thy sinful ones, and grant our prayer,
Who break the quiet night to raise
Our glad confession of thy praise.

OUR hands and minds to thee belong;
By night we offer them in song,
As once of old the Prophet taught,
And Paul in very deed hath wrought.

THOU seest every act of sin,
Nor hide we all the ill within;
With contrite hearts to thee we pray
That thou wouldst purge our sins away,

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee
Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

(Daily hymn (Matins - Wednesday) [Rerum Creator])

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I have stuck unto thy testimonies; O Lord, confound me not. I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou hast set my heart at liberty. [Psalm 118[119]:31-32]

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Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Wednesday, third week of Easter]

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Your sorrow, alleluia, shall be turned into joy, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Wednesday, third week of Easter]

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Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid; ye believe in God, believe also in me: in my Father's house are many mansions, alleluia, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, first Vespers, Saints Philip and James, May 1/14]

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O Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting ; Grant us perfectly to knows thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life; that, following the steps of thy holy Apostles, Saint Philip and Saint James, we may steadfastly walk in the way that leadeth to eternal life. Through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest for ever. Amen. [Collect, Saints Philip and James, May 1/14]

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I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Saints Philip and James, May 1/14]

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If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, second Vespers, Saints Philip and James, May 1/14]

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The Lesson from the Holy Gospel according to St. John [Ch. 20]

THE same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Homily by St. Gregory the Great
Homily 26 on the Gospels

THE first question that knocks on the door of our mind is this: How could the body of the Lord be a true one, if it could pass through closed doors? But we must realize that God's action, when grasped by reason, is no longer marvellous: neither is there any merit in faith that can be proved by human reason. But those works of our Redeemer which in themselves can never be understood must be considered in the light of his other works; so that faith in his miraculous doings may be confirmed by yet more wonderful works.

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Daily Posting: May 2/15

AS night with darksome folds unfurled
Conceals the colours of the world:
Thee we implore and thee confess
The Judge of hearts' true righteousness.

GRANT us to leave our guilt behind,
And wash thou clean our soiléd mind,
And give us grace, O Christ, we pray,
That far from sin we steer our way.

BEHOLD our mind in sin's decay,
By sin's corrosion worn away:
It strives to shake off shades of wrong
And flee to thee, to thee belong.

AS thou dispellest Nature's night
Do thou restore our inward light,
That we at last may find our rest
In that glad brightness of the blest.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee
Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

(Daily hymn (Matins - Thursday) [Nox atra rerum])
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Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes, and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall keep it with my whole heart. [Psalm 118[119]:33-34]

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O Lord, we beseech thee, hear the prayers which we offer thee on the solemnity of blessed Athanasius, thy Bishop and Confessor: and by the intercession of him who worthily attained to serve thee, absolve us from all our sins. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, St. Athanasius, May 2/15]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Homily by St. Gregory the Great
Homily 26 on the Gospels - - continued

THIS body of the Lord, then, came into the midst of the disciples when the doors were shut, and it was the same body that was seen by human eyes when, through his Nativity, the Lord came forth from the Virgin's closed womb. Why do you marvel, then, if after his resurrection when he was to live for ever he passed through the closed doors, since when he came to die he came forth without opening the Virgin's womb? But because the faith of the onlookers was doubtful as to the verity of that body before their eyes: he straightway showed unto them his hands and his side: he proved to them that the flesh which entered through closed doors could be touched.

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And he went in to tarry with them: and it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them, alleluia, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Thursday, third week of Easter]

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Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice: and your joy no man taketh from you, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Thursday, third week of Easter]

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Daily Posting: May 3/16

Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Homily by St. Gregory the Great
Homily 26 on the Gospels - - continued

HE showed them two marvels, which, according to human reason, are directly opposed to one another. He revealed that his body, after his resurrection, was incorruptible. and yet palpable. Now, that which can be touched must needs be corruptible; and that which is incorruptible cannot be touched. But in a marvellous and incomprehensible way, our Redeemer proved his body, after his resurrection, to be both incorruptible, and palpable: thus, by showing it to be incorruptible, he urges us on to our reward: and by proving that it could be touched, he strengthens our faith. He revealed himself, therefore, as both incorruptible and palpable, that thus he might plainly show that his body after the resurrection was the same in nature, yet different in glory.
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Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein is my desire. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. [Psalm 118[119]:35-36]

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They knew the Lord Jesus, alleluia, in breaking of bread, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Friday, third week of Easter]

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O Cross, surpassing all the stars in splendour, world renowned, exceeding dear unto the hearts of men, holier than all things: thou only wert counted worthy to uphold the world's ransom. Sweet the wood, sweet the iron, bearing so sweet a burden: bring aid to this congregation, who are here assembled to celebrate thy praises, alleluia, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, first Vespers, Finding of the Holy Cross, May 3/16]

Thou alone excellent in stature all the cedars of Lebanon: for on thee the Life of the world was hanged, on thee was Christ victorious, and death over death did for ever triumph, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Finding of the Holy Cross, May 3/16]

O God, who in the glorious Finding of thy saving Cross didst renew the wonders of thy Passion: grant, that by the ransom brought us by the Tree of Life, we may obtain election unto life eternal. Who with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Finding of the Holy Cross, May 3/16]

He the holy Cross endured, Burst the gates of hell in twain: Begirt with might and majesty, On Easter morn he rose again, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, second Vespers, Finding of the Holy Cross, May 3/16]

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THOU Trinity in Unity
Who rulest all things mightily,
Bow down to hear the songs of praise
Which we, thy wakeful servants, raise,

WE leave our beds and flock to thee
While night's dark hours flow silently,
And stand before thee to implore:
Thy healing grace upon us pour.

AND if by night in Satan's snare
We may have stumbled, unaware,
Still let thy glorious power and might
Destroy our ill; thy heaven-sent light.

LET not our flesh defilement know,
Nor torpor make our hearts sink low;
Keep from our spirit tainting sin
That cools the holy flame within.

FOR this, Redeemer, thee we pray,
Upon us pour thy heavenly ray,
That as our daily course we run
No evil actions may be done.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee
Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

(Daily hymn (Matins - Friday) [Tu Trinitatis])
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Daily Posting: May 4/17

O turn away mine eyes, lest they behold vanity; and quicken me in thy way. O stablish thy word in thy servant, that I may fear thee. [Psalm 118[119]:37-38]

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Now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? alleluia, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Saturday Vespers, third week of Easter and Sunday Lauds, fourth Sunday after Easter]

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O God, the comforter of them that mourn, and the salvation of such as hope in thee, who didst mercifully accept the loving tears of blessed Monica for the conversion of her son Augustine; grant unto us, at the intercession of them both, to lament our sins and to find thy grace and pardon. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, St. Monica, May 4/17]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Homily by St. Gregory the Great
Homily 26 on the Gospels - - continued

HE saith unto them, Peace be unto you. As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. That is, As the Father, who is God, hath sent me, who am God, even so do I, who am Man, send you, who are men. The Father sent the Son, and ordained that he should be incarnate for the redemption of mankind. He willed that he should come into the world to suffer: but yet he loved his Son, whom he sent to suffer. The Lord sends his chosen Apostles, not to rejoice in the world, but to suffer in the world. Therefore, just as the Son is loved by the Father, and is yet sent to suffer; so likewise are the disciples loved by the Lord, and yet they are sent into the world to suffer. So it is rightly said, As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you: that is, When I send you forth into all the terrors of persecution, I love you with that love with which my Father loved me, when he caused me to come into the world to undergo my Passion.


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O GOD of mercy passing thought,
Who hast the world contrived and wrought:
In power, essential Unity,
In Person, blessed Trinity:

Do thou in love accept our lays
Of mingled penitence and praise:
And set our hearts from error free,
More fully to rejoice in thee.

OUR reins and hearts in pity heal,
And with thy chastening fires anneal:
Gird thou our loins, each passion quell,
And every harmful lust expel.

AND as we now the hours of night
With songs united put to flight,
Bestow, with thine abundant hand,
The gifts of our blest fatherland.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee
Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

(Daily hymn (Matins - Saturday) [Summæ Deus])
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Daily Posting: May 5/18

This day the first of days was made,
When God in light the world arrayed
Or when his Word arose again
And, conquering death, gave life to men.

SLUMBER and sloth drive far away;
Earlier arise to greet the day,
And ere its dawn In heaven unfold
The heart's desire to God be told.

UNTO our prayer that he attend.
His all-creating power extend
And still renew us, lest we miss
Through earthly stain our heavenly bliss.

THAT us, who here this day repair
To keep the Apostles' time of prayer,
And hymn the quiet hours of morn.
With blesséd gifts he may adorn.

FOR this, Redeemer, thee we pray
That thou wilt wash our sins away,
And of thy loving-kindness grant
Whate'er of good our spirits want:

THAT exiles here awhile in flesh
Some earnest may our souls refresh
Of that pure life for which we long
Some foretaste of the heavenly song.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son;
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

(The {Sunday} Winter Hymn at Matins [Primo dierum])
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Take away the rebuke that I am afraid of; for thy judgments are good. Behold, my delight is in thy commandments; O quicken me in thy righteousness. [Psalm 118[119]:39-40]

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Now I go my way to him that sent me: but because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Vespers, fourth Sunday after Easter]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Sermon by St. Augustine, Bishop
Lesson vii Sermon 242 continued

YET in the face of all this evidence men were arguing against it. But what else can be expected from men, who can perceive only what is natural to man, than to argue with God, and to doubt his existence? For he is God, and they are but men. But God knows the thoughts of men, that they are but vain. In carnal man, the whole system of understanding is in accordance with the habit of beholding: man believes what he is accustomed to see, and does not believe what is unusual. God's miracles are not in accordance with custom, because he is God.

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Daily Posting: May 6/19

WITH limbs refreshed by rest again
We rise to thee, and sleep disdain:
vouchsafe, O Father, graciously
To look on us who sing to thee.

OUR tongues' first sound doth thee proclaim;
Our minds to thee first kindle flame:
Ensuing thence, O Holy One,
Be all our acts in thee begun.

AS now the dark to light gives way.
And night gives place to dawn of day:
So may the errors of the night
Be shattered by the gift of light.

O HEAR us, as to thee we pray
That all our faults be cut away;
So may the tongues that sing to thee
Resound thy praise perpetually.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee
Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

(Daily hymn (Matins - Monday) [Somno Refectis])
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Did not our heart burn within us concerning Jesus, while he talked with us by the way? alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Monday, fourth week of Easter]

I tell you the truth: it is expedient that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Monday, fourth week of Easter]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Sermon by St. Gregory Nazianzen, Bishop
Sermon on Easter

Lesson vi

TO-DAY we leave Egypt utterly behind us, Pharaoh our cruel master, and his harsh officers; for we are delivered from the clay and the making of bricks. Nor is there any to forbid us to celebrate the feast of our exodus in the Lord our God, for indeed we celebrate it not with the leaven of our former malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth, bringing with us nothing of the unholy leaven of Egypt. Yesterday I suffered with Christ upon the cross, to-day I am glorified with him. Yesterday I shared his death, to-day I am made alive again with him. Yesterday I was buried with him, to-day with him I arise.

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Almighty everlasting God, who didst imbue blessed John with heavenly doctrine and wonderful fortitude of spirit for defending the veneration of sacred images: grant that through his intercessions and example, we may imitate the virtues, and experience the protection of those whose images we honour. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, St. John of Damascus, May 6/19]

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Daily Posting: May 7/20

Peace be unto you, it is I, alleluia: be not afraid, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Tuesday, fourth week of Easter]

When the Comforter, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will convince the world of sin, and righteousness, and judgment, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Tuesday, fourth week of Easter]

Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Sermon by St. Gregory Nazianzen, Bishop
Sermon on Easter

BUT, indeed, let us bring gifts to him who for our sakes suffered and rose again. Perchance ye think that I speak of gold or silver or embroideries or shining jewels of great price, which are but the weak and fragile substance of the earth, that remaineth in the ground, and which are for the most part in the hands of unregenerate men, servants of things terrestrial, princes of this present world? Nay, rather, let us bring ourselves, as the riches most dear to God and most worthy of his acceptance. Let us give back the copy to him, whose image we are, let us recognize our dignity, let us render honour to our pattern, let us understand the power of this mystery, and the end for which Christ's death was consummated. Let us be like Christ, even as Christ is become like us. Let us be made as gods through him, inasmuch as he, for our sakes, was made Man.

LET thy loving mercy come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according unto thy word. So shall I make answer unto my blasphemers; * for my trust is in thy word. [Psalm 118[119]:41-42]

O take not the word of thy truth utterly our of my mouth; for my hope is in thy judgments. So shall I alway keep thy law; yea, for ever and ever. [Psalm 118[119]:43-44]

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Daily Posting: May 8/21

While John beheld the sacred mystery, the Archangel Michael sounded the trumpet: forgive us, O Lord our God, that openest the book, and loosest the seals thereof, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, first Vespers, St. Michael, May 8/21]

There was silence in heaven while the dragon avenged war: and Michael fought against him, and had the victory, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, St. Michael, May 8/21]

O Prince most glorious, Michael the Archangel, keep us in remembrance: here and everywhere, always, entreat the Son of God for us, alleluia, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, second Vespers, St. Michael, May 8/21]

O EVERLASTING God, who hast ordained and constituted the services of Angels and men in a wonderful order; mercifully grant that, as thy holy Angels always do thee service in heaven, so, by thy appointment, they may succour and defend us on earth. Through thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. [R]. Amen. [Collect, St. Michael, May 8/21]

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And I will walk at liberty; for I seek thy commandments. I will speak of thy testimonies also, even before kings, and will not be ashamed. [Psalm 118[119]:45-46]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Sermon by St. Gregory Nazianzen, Bishop
Sermon on Easter

CHRIST took what was lower, in order that he might give us the higher. He became poor that by his poverty we might be made rich. He took upon him the form of a servant, to set us at liberty. He stooped, that we might be exalted. He was tempted, that we might overcome. He was despised, that he might bring us to glory. He died, to bring us salvation. He ascended on high, to draw unto himself those who were sunk in sin. Let a man give all things to him who gave himself for us as the price of redemption and as the substitute for our guilt. Nothing so great, however, can be given in return, as the offering of ourselves, if we rightly understand this mystery, and if we, for his sake, become all things, whatsoever he for our sakes became.

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A spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have: believe ye therefore, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Wednesday, fourth week of Easter]

I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now: howbeit, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Wednesday, fourth week of Easter]

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Daily Posting: May 9/22

O Teacher right excellent, O light of Holy Church, O blessed Gregory, lover of the divine law: intercede for us unto the Son of God. [Magnificat antiphon, St. Gregory Nazianzen, May 9/22]

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The Future of Protestantism and Catholicism: A Few Orthodox Comments
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The disciples offered the Lord a piece of broiled fish, and of an honeycomb, alleluia, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Thursday, fourth week of Easter]
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For he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Tuesday, third week of Easter]
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The Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to St. John
Ch. 20:19-23 - - [Low Sunday Matins Gospel]

THE same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

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And my delight shall be in thy commandments, which I have loved. My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and my study shall be in thy statures. [Psalm 118[119]:47-48]

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Daily Posting: May 10/23

These are the words which I spake unto You, while I was yet with You, alleluia, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Friday, fourth week of Easter]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Sermon by St. Augustine, Bishop
Lesson viii - - - - Sermon 242 (continued)

IT is a greater miracle that so many men are born every day, who have not previously existed, than that some of them, who do already exist, should rise from the dead, and yet this is not considered a miracle at all, but is taken for granted. Christ is risen: it is a certain fact. He was body; he was flesh; he hung on the cross; he gave up the ghost; his flesh was laid in the sepulchre. He who lived in it, showed that flesh to be living. Why are you amazed ? Why do you not believe? It is God who has done this.

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O THINK upon thy servant, as concerning thy word, wherein thou hast caused me to put my trust. The same is my comfort in my. trouble; for thy word hath quickened me. [Psalm 118[119]:49-50]
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Sometimes a story we have heard many times before becomes trite and familiar and taken for granted. This can also be true of Gospel stories. This article take an unusual approach to the Story of Christ and the Samaritan woman at the well, and helps us to see its meaning with unexpected clarity.

A Meditation on the Samaritan Woman: Orthodoxy as the Revelation of Personhood.

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Daily Posting: May 11/24

Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my Name: ask, and ye shall receive, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Saturday Vespers, fourth week of Easter and Sunday Lauds, fifth Sunday after Easter]

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The proud have had me exceedingly in derision; yet have I not shrinked from thy law. For I remembered thine everlasting judgements, O Lord, and received comfort. [Psalm 118[119]:51-52]
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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Homily by St. Gregory the Great
Homily 21 on the Gospels
Lesson x

THOSE women saw the Angels, when they came with sweet spices: for truly they who go forth to seek the Lord with holy desire in the odour of virtue do mentally behold the heavenly citizens. We must consider why it was that the Angel was seen sitting on the right side. For what is meant by the left, but this present life: what by the right, but life eternal? Whence it is written in the Song of Songs: His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me.

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Daily Posting: May 12/25

I am horribly afraid, for the ungodly that forsake thy law. Thy statutes have been my songs, in the house of my pilgrimage. [Psalm 118[119]:53-54]

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O LORD, from whom all good things do come; Grant to us thy humble servants, that by thy holy inspiration we may think those things that are good, and by thy merciful guiding may perform the same. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, fifth Sunday after Easter]
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Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full: for the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, fifth Sunday after Easter, Vespers]
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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
From the book by St. Ambrose, Bishop,
On Faith in the Resurrection
On the decease of his brother Satyrus

Lesson v

Since the Wisdom of God could not die, and what could not die could not rise again; flesh, which could die, was taken, so that while that died, as it is wont to do, it might also rise again. For there could not have been a resurrection, except through man. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. Therefore as man he rose again, since as man he died: man was raised up, but God was raising him. Man then according to the flesh, God now over all things. For now we no longer know Christ according to the flesh, but through the grace of that flesh we declare that we know him, The first-fruits of them that slept, and the first begotten of the dead.
Lesson vi

FIRST-FRUITS are indeed of the same nature and kind as the rest of the crop. They are offered as gifts to God in prayer for an abundant harvest; a sacred gift on behalf of all, as it were, a kind of offering of restored nature. Christ is, therefore, the first-fruits of them that slept. But does this refer only to his own disciples, who, as though exempt from death, were held in a certain gentle sleep, or does it mean all men? But as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Lesson vii

THEREFORE as the first-fruits of the dead were in Adam, so also are the first-fruits of the resurrection in Christ. All shall rise again, but let no one despair, nor let the righteous man grieve at this common resurrection of all his companions when he is awaiting the fruit of his more valiant virtue. All shall rise again, says the Apostle, every man in his own order. The fruit of the Divine clemency is common to all, but the ordering of the reward differs according to merit.
Lesson viii

WE must realize what a grievous sacrilege kit is not to believe in the resurrection. For if we shall not rise again, then did Christ die in vain, then is Christ not risen. For if he arose not for us, then did he not arise, since he had no reason to rise for himself alone. The world rose in him, heaven rose in him, earth rose in him. For there shall be a new heaven and a new earth. He had no need of a resurrection for himself, for the chains of death held him not. For even though he did die, as man, yet was he free in hell. Would you know how he was free? I have been even as a man that hath no strength, free among the dead. Fittingly does he say, Free, he who was able to raise himself up again, as it is written, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up again. Yes, fittingly said, Free. of him who had come down to redeem others.

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Daily Posting: May 13/26

Rogation Days

The Rogation Days, or Lesser Litanies, are observed on the three days before the Feast of the Ascension. The other Rogation Day, also known as the Greater Litanies, is observed on 25 April, on which day is usually celebrated the feast of St. Mark the Evangelist. These days are marked liturgically by a procession and the chanting of the litany of the saints, asking for God's forgiveness and his blessing on newly planted crops. The word "rogation" comes from the Latin word "ROGARE" meaning to ask for, to petition. These days originate in the earliest centuries of the Roman Church.

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Ask, and ye shall receive; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Rogation Monday, Lauds, fifth week after Easter]

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we who in our afflictions do put our trust in thy goodness, may ever be defended by thy protection against all adversities. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Rogation Days, fifth week after Easter]

For the Father himself loveth you, because you have loved me, and have believed, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Rogation Monday, Vespers, fifth week after Easter]

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The Lesson from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke
Lesson i - - - - - - - ch. 11. 5-13

JESUS said unto his disciples: Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves.

Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Homily by St. Ambrose, Bishop
Book 7 on Luke 11

THIS is another instance of the teaching that prayer is to be offered at all times, not only by day, but also by night. For behold, the man who sought out his friend at midnight and asked three loaves of him and persisted in his request, was not denied his prayer. What are these three loaves, except the food of the heavenly mystery? And if you love the Lord your God, you will be able to obtain it, and not only for yourself, but for others as well. For what greater friend have we than he who gave his body for us?

Lesson ii

FROM him David asked bread at midnight, and received it. He asked when he said, At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee. Thus he gained those loaves which he has set before us to eat. He asked when he said, Every night wash I my bed. Nor was he afraid of disturbing his friend's sleep, because he knew him to be always watchful. And therefore mindful of the Scriptures, let us be instant in prayer day and night, and let us ask pardon for our sins.

Lesson iii

IF David praised God seven times a day, and was always present at the morning and evening sacrifice, he who was so holy and so occupied with the needs of his kingdom, what must we do, who have greater nee€d than he had to beseech God, since we fall so often through weakness of mind and flesh; what must we do to avoid being starved of that bread of life, that bread that strengthens man's heart; when we are wearied by our journey and exhausted by worldly duties and the winding path of earthly life? The Lord teaches us to be watchful, not only at midnight, but at practically every moment. For he comes at evening, and at the second watch, and at the third, and is apt to knock. Then, Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching.

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I have thought upon thy Name, O Lord, in the night-season, and have kept thy law. This I had, because I kept thy commandments. [Psalm 118[119]:55-56]


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Daily Posting: May 14/27

THOU art my portion O Lord; I have promised to keep thy law. I made my humble petition in thy presence with my whole heart; O be merciful unto me, according to thy word. [Psalm 118[119]:57-58]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Homily by St. Gregory the Great
Homily 21 on the Gospels

Lesson xi

THEREFORE since our Redeemer had gone forth from the corruption of this present life, rightly was the Angel, who had come to announce his eternal life, sitting on the right side. He appeared clothed in a white garment, because he announced the joys of our festival. For white garments declare the splendor of our solemnity. Shall we say ours, or his? To speak more accurately, we should say, both his and ours. For the Resurrection of our Redeemer was both our festival, because it brought us back to immortality, and yet it was even more the Angels' festival, because our being brought back to heaven filled up their number.

Lesson xii

THEREFORE at this, both his festival and ours, the Angel appeared in white garments: for while we are led back to the supernal kingdom by the Lord's Resurrection, the losses in the heavenly country are repaired. But let us hear what the Angel said to the women as they arrived. Be not affrighted. As though he were to say openly, Let those fear, who do not love the approach of heavenly citizens; let them be greatly afraid, who, oppressed by carnal desires, despair of attaining to the company of Angels. But you, what need have you to fear when you behold your fellow-citizens? Whence also Matthew, describing the appearance of the Angel, says: His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. For in lightning there is the terror of fear, while in snow there is the pleasure of whiteness.

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It behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise again from the dead, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Rogation Tuesday, Lauds, fifth week after Easter]

I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again I leave the world, and go to the Father, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Rogation Tuesday, Vespers, fifth week after Easter]

Almighty God, Lord of heaven and earth; We beseech thee to pour forth thy blessing upon this land, and to give us a fruitful season; that we, constantly receiving thy bounty, may evermore give thanks unto thee in thy holy Church. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [APB Collect, Rogation Days, fifth week after Easter]

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Daily Posting: May 15/28

Rogation Wednesday (Vigil of the Ascension)
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Father, the hour is come: glorify thy Son with the glory which I had with thee before the world was, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Rogation Wednesday, Lauds, fifth week after Easter]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Paschaltide.
Homily by St. Augustine, Bishop
Homily 104 on John

Lesson i

THE Lord, the Only-begotten and co-eternal with the Father, if, in the form of a servant and from the form of a servant, need were that he should pray, might have prayed in silence: but then it was his will, while exhibiting himself to the Father in the attitude of prayer, to remember that he was our teacher. Accordingly, the prayer which he made for us, he hath also made known to us: because being so great a master, not only what he saith in discoursing to his disciples, but also what he saith to the Father in praying for them, is their edification. And if theirs, who were there to hear these things when they were said, doubtless ours also, who should read them when put in writing.

Lesson ii

WHEREFORE this saying, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son: denotes that all time, and what thing, at what time, he would do or suffer to be done, was all disposed by him who is not subject to time; because the things that were to be at each several instant throughout the times, have their efficient causes in the wisdom of God, in which are no times. Then let it not be thought that this hour came by urgency of fate, but only by God's ordering. Neither did sidereal necessity bind Christ to an enforced passion: far be it from us to imagine that the stars could compel the maker of the stars to die. Therefore not time forced Christ to die, but Christ chose a time to die: as also the time at which he was born of the Virgin he settled with the Father, of whom he was begotten without time. Agreeably with which true and sound doctrine, the Apostle Paul also saith; But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son: and God saith by the prophet At an acceptable time have I helped thee; and again the Apostle, Behold now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. Then let him say, Father, the hour is come, which we have together ordained for men's sake, and among men in order to my glorifying; the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.

Lesson iii

THE Father's glorifying of the Son some take to consist in this, that he spared him not, but delivered him up for us all. But if he be said to be glorified by passion, how much more by resurrection? For in the passion it is more his humility than his glory that is shown forth; witness the Apostle, who saith, He humbled himself, being made obedient unto death, even the death of the cross: then he goes on, and speaks now of his glorifying; Wherefore God also hath exalted him and given him a Name which is above every name: that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. This is the glorifying of our Lord Jesus Christ, which took its beginning from his resurrection.

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I called mine own ways to remembrance, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and prolonged not the time, to keep thy commandments. [Psalm 118[119]:59-60]

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Daily Posting: May 16/29

JESU, Redemption all divine,
Whom here we love, for whom we pine,
God, working out creation's plan,
And in the latter time made Man;

What love of thine was that, which led
To take our woes upon thy head,
And pangs and cruel death to bear
To ransom us from death's despair.

To thee hell's gate gave ready way,
Demanding there his captive prey;
And now in pomp and victor's pride
Thou sittest at thy Father's side.

Let very mercy force thee still
To spare us, conquering all our ill;
And, granting that we ask, on high
With thine own face to satisfy.

Be thou our joy and thou our Guard,
Who art to be our great reward;
Our glory and our boast in thee
For ever and for ever be. Amen.

Lauds hymn, Ascension of Our Lord, [Jesu nostra redemptio]

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I ascend unto my Father, and your Father: and to my God, and your God, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Ascension of Our Lord]

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Father, I have manifested thy Name unto the men which thou gavest me: and now I pray for them, not for the world, because I come to thee, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, first Vespers, Ascension of Our Lord]

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Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell. Who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. [Collect, Ascension of Our Lord]

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O King of glory, thou Lord of Sabaoth, who triumphing to-day hast ascended above all heavens, leave us not comfortless; but send on us the promise of the Father, even the Spirit of truth, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, second Vespers, Ascension of Our Lord]

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The congregations of the ungodly have robbed me; but I have not forgotten thy law. At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee, because of thy righteous judgments. [Psalm 118[119]:61-62]

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Daily Posting: May 17/30

ETERNAL Monarch, King most high.
Whose Blood hath brought redemption nigh,
By whom the death of Death was wrought,
And conquering Grace's battle fought:

ASCENDING to the throne of might.
And seated at the Father's right.
All power in heaven is Jesu's own.
That here his manhood had not known.

THAT so, in nature's triple frame.
Each heavenly and each earthly name.
And things in hell's abyss abhorred
May bend the knee and own him Lord.

YEA, Angels tremble when they see
How changed is our humanity:
That flesh hath purged what flesh had stained,
And God, the Flesh of God, hath reigned.

BE thou our joy and strong defence,
Who art our future recompense:
So shall the light that springs from thee
Be ours through all eternity.

O RISEN Christ, ascended Lord,
All praise to thee let earth accord,
Who art, while endless ages run,
With Father and with Spirit One. Amen.

Matins hymn, Ascension of Our Lord [Æterne Rex altissime]

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I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and keep thy commandments. The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: O teach me thy statutes. [Psalm 118[119]:63-64]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Ascension-tide.
Sermon by St. Leo the Great
On the Ascension of Our Lord
Lesson v - - - - Sermon 73

SINCE the glorious resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, by which the Divine omnipotence raised up in three days the true temple of God which the wicked Jews had destroyed, the number of forty days, dearly beloved, has now been fulfilled; those holy days ordained by divine providence for our use and instruction: thus during this space of time the Lord permitted his bodily presence to remain, so that faith in the resurrection might be reinforced with the needful proofs.



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Daily Posting: May 18/31

Now that the day light fills the sky,
We lift our hearts to God on high,
That he, in all we do or say,
Will keep us free from harm to-day:

Would guard our hearts and tongues from strife;
From anger's din would hide our life;
From all ill sights would turn our eyes;
Would close our ears from vanities:

Would keep our inmost conscience Pure;
Our souls from folly would secure;
Would bid us check the pride of sense
With due and holy abstinence.

So we, when this new day is gone,
And night is drawing on,
With conscience by the world unstained
Shall praise his name for victory gained.

All glory, Lord, to thee we pay,
Ascending o'er the stars to-day;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete. Amen.

[Hymn at Prime {Jam lucis orto sidere} (with doxology during Ascensiontide)]
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O LORD, thou hast dealt graciously with thy servant, according unto thy word. O learn me true understanding and knowledge; for I have believed thy commandments. [Psalm 118[119]:65-66]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Ascension-tide.
Sermon by St. Leo the Great
On the Ascension of Our Lord - - continued
Lesson vi

FOR the death of Christ had troubled the hearts of many of the disciples; their minds were laden with sorrow by reason of his torture on the cross, the giving up of his spirit, and the laying of his lifeless body in the sepulchre, and a certain doubting lethargy was oppressing them. Hence the blessed Apostles, and all the disciples who had been terrified by his death on the cross and also doubtful as to whether they should believe in the resurrection, were so encouraged by the realization of the truth, that when they saw the Lord going up into heaven they were not merely free from all trace of sorrow, but were even filled with great joy.

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JUNE 2014

Liturgical Calendar - June, 2014 (6/1/14)

JUNE
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DAYNCOCF/AOBSERVANCE
SUN119SUNDAY AFTER ASCENSION, St. Dunstan, BC, III; St. Celestine, BC, IV
MON220Octave
TUE321Octave; St. Constantine, Emperor; IV; St. Collen, AB, IV
WED422Octave
THU523Octave; St. Leontius of Rostov, BC, IV
FRI624Octave; St. Vincent of Lerins, MK, IV
SAT725A*Octave; Vigil
SUN826PENTECOST; St. Augustine of Canterbury, BC, III
MON927Octave; Venerable Bede, MK, III
TUE1028St. Germain, BC, IV
WED1129Octave
THU1230Octave
FRI1331Octave
SAT141Octave
SUN152TRINITY SUNDAY; Sts, Marcellinus and Peter, MM, III
MON163
TUE174
WED185F/AEmber Day; St Boniface (Winfrid), BM, III
THU196St. Philip the Deacon, IV
FRI207F/AEmber Day
SAT218A*Ember Day
SUN229Corpus Christi (PENTECOST II); St. Columba, AB, III
MON2310Chinese Martyrs, IV
TUE2411St Barnabas, AP, II
WED2512F/A
THU2613
FRI2714F/A*St Basil the Great, BCD, III
SAT2815Our Lady of Glastonbury, II
SUN2916ALL SAINTS OF THE BRITISH ISLES (PENTECOST III)
MON3017St. Botolph, AB, IV


RANKS of Feasts:
I.Solemnity
II.Greater Feast
III.Lesser Feast
IV.Commemoration

Ranks I & II always have first and second Vespers; take precedence over Sundays ranked II; suspend fasting & abstinence from First Vespers through Second Vespers.

Rank III has First Vespers only and uses the psalms of the occurring feria, with proper antiphons (or antiphons from the Common).

Rank IV are commemorated only at First Vespers and Lauds, though the Mass may be of the commemorated saint(s).

See Customary for ranking of Sundays.


Abbreviations:
Ab = Abbot, AbbessK = King
AP = ApostleM = Martyr
APS = ApostlesMk = Monastic
B = BishopMM = Martyrs
C = ConfessorP = Priest, Prophet
Dc = DeaconV = Virgin
D = DoctorVV = Virgins
EV = EvangelistW = Widow


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Daily Posting: May 19/June 1 - Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension

When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, first Vespers, and Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension]

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O God, the King of glory, who hast exalted thine only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven; We beseech thee, leave us not comfortless; but send to is thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the same place whither our Saviour Christ is gone before. [Collect, Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension]

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These things have I told you, that when time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, second Vespers, Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Ascension-tide.
Sermon by St. Leo the Great
On the Ascension of Our Lord - - continued

Lesson vii

AND it was indeed a great and ineffable cause of rejoicing, when in the sight of that throng of holy believers, human nature ascended above the ranks of celestial creatures, passing above the choirs of Angels, rising beyond the heights of Archangels, soaring unlimited through the heights of heaven, to reach the right hand of the Father, where it is set with him in the throne of his glory, united to his nature, in the Son.

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Before I was troubled, I went wrong; * but now have I kept thy word. Thou art good and gracious; O teach me thy statutes. [Psalm 118[119]:67-68]

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Daily Posting: May 20/June 2
Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Ascension-tide.
Sermon by St. Leo the Great
On the Ascension of Our Lord - - continued

Lesson viii

THEREFORE let the Ascension of Christ cause us too to soar aloft. For where the glory of the head has entered, there the hope of the body is called to follow. Let us exult with worthy rejoicing, dearly beloved, and let us gladly and devoutly give thanks. For today not only are we made the sure possessors of paradise, but we have also, in Christ, penetrated into the heights of heaven; we have gained far more, through the ineffable grace of Christ, than we had lost through the malice of the devil. For those whom the dastardly foe cast down from the felicity of their first dwelling-place, them has the Son of God made to be of one body with him, and he has set them at the right hand of the Father: with whom he liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
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A new book by John L. Allen, Jr., THE GLOBAL WAR ON CHRISTIANS is an eye-opening and heart-wrenching view of the current persecution and martyrdom of Christians throughout the world today. Allen is a seasoned journalist widely knowledgeable, perceptive, and intelligent and balanced in his opinions. The picture he gives of the current persecution of Christians includes such examples as given below. It is his reasoned estimate that within the last decade at least one Christian is killed every hour for his religion. The stories of torture and death are harrowing and remind one of some of the stories of persecuted Christians in Fr Seraphim Rose's book RUSSIA'S CATACOMB SAINTS. Because most of these deaths occur today in non-western countries, the western world is essentially blind to them. Allen's book is dedicated to opening the eyes of the blind and the hearts of the indifferent to the reality of a real but unseen war against fellow Christians. One of the sad ironies of this situation is that Christians often spend their energies fighting religious and denominational battles among themselves, while the enemies of Christ see all Christians as one community to be wiped out - - whether Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican or any other denomination.

Read this book and weep. Read this book and pray.

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SNAPSHOTS OF A GLOBAL WAR

For all intents and purposes, Me’eter is a concentration camp for Christians. It’s a military complex converted to house religious prisoners, most of whom adhere to a branch of Christianity not authorized by the state. While precise counts are elusive, most estimates say that some- where between two thousand and three thousand Christians are presently languishing in Eritrean prisons because of their religious beliefs. The testimony quoted above comes from an evangelical gospel singer named Helen Berhane, an Eritrean Christian jailed from 2004 to 2006 after refusing to sign a pledge promising not to engage in religious activities. She was released thanks to a worldwide pressure campaign, but most of her fellow Christians haven’t been so lucky.

Eritrea is far from an isolated case. The evangelical group Open Doors, devoted to monitoring anti-Christian persecution, estimates that one hundred million Christians worldwide presently face interrogation, arrest, torture, or even death because of their religious convictions. Protestant scholar Todd Johnson of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, an expert on religious demography, has pegged the number of Christians killed per year from 2000 to 2010 at one hundred thou- sand. That works out to eleven Christians killed every hour, every day, throughout the past decade. Some experts question that number, but even the low-end estimate puts the number of Christians killed every day on the basis of religious hatred at twenty, almost one per hour.

This is a truly ecumenical scourge, in the sense that it afflicts evangelicals, mainline Protestants, Anglicans, Orthodox, Catholics, and Pentecostals alike. All denominations have their martyrs, and all are more or less equally at risk. A 2011 report from the Catholic humanitarian group Aid to the Church in Need described the worldwide assault on Christians as “a human rights disaster of epic proportions.”

Though such language could seem to smack of hyperbole, consider these snapshots of what’s happening:

  • In Baghdad, Iraq, Islamic militants stormed the Syrian Catholic cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation on October 31, 2010, killing the two priests celebrating Mass and leaving a total of fifty-eight people dead. Though shocking, the assault was far from unprecedented: of the sixty-five Christian churches in Baghdad, forty have been bombed at least once since the beginning of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. The effect of this campaign of violence and intimidation has been devastating for Christianity in the country. At the time of the first Gulf War in 1991, Iraq boasted a flourishing Christian population of at least 1.5 million. Today the high-end estimate for the number of Christians left is around 500,000, and many believe it could be as low as 150,000. Most of these Iraqi Christians have gone into exile, but a staggering number have been killed.
  • India’s northeastern state of Orissa was the scene of the most violent anti-Christian pogrom of the early twenty-first century. In 2008, a series of riots ended with as many as five hundred Christians killed, many hacked to death by machete- wielding Hindu radicals; thousands more were injured, and at least fifty thousand were left homeless. Many Christians fled to hastily prepared displacement camps, where some languished for two years or more. An estimated five thousand Christian homes, along with 350 churches and schools, were destroyed. A Catholic nun, Sr. Meena Barwa, was raped during the mayhem, then marched naked through the streets and beaten. Police sympathetic to the radicals discouraged the nun from filing a report and declined to arrest her attackers.
  • In Burma, members of the Chin and Karen ethnic groups, who are strongly Christian, are considered dissidents by the regime and routinely subjected to imprisonment, torture, forced labor, and murder. In October 2010, the Burmese military launched helicopter strikes in territories where the country’s Christians are concentrated. A Burmese air force source told reporters that the junta had declared these areas “ black zones,” where military personnel were authorized to attack and kill Christian targets on sight. Though there are no precise counts, thousands of Burmese Christians are believed to have been killed in the offensive.
  • In Nigeria, the militant Islamic movement Boko Haram is held responsible for almost three thousand deaths since 2009, including eight hundred fatalities in 2012 alone. The movement has made a specialty out of targeting Christians and their churches, and in some cases they seem determined to drive Christians completely out of parts of the country. In December 2011, local Boko Haram spokespeople ...
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Daily Posting: May 21/June 3

Another article on the persecution of Christians: The War on Christians
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The proud have imagined a lie against me; but I will keep thy commandments with my whole heart. Their heart is as fat as brawn; but my delight hath been in thy law. [Psalm 118[119]:69-70]

It is good for me that I have been in trouble; that I may learn thy statutes. The law of thy mouth is dearer unto me than thousands of gold and silver. [Psalm 118[119]:71-72]

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The Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark
ch. 16. 14-20

JESUS appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shalt recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Ascension-tide
Homily by St. Gregory the Great
Homily 29 on the Gospels

Lesson ix

THE disciples were slow to believe in the resurrection of the Lord: it was not due to their weakness but rather, so that future generations might be strong. It is through their doubting, that so many proofs of the resurrection are given to us, and as we read of them, through this doubt our belief is confirmed. The witness of Mary Magdalene, who believed immediately, means less to me than that of Thomas, who doubted for so long. For through his doubting, he touched the prints of the wounds, and removed the wounds of doubt from our hearts.

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Daily Posting: May 22/June 4

THY hands have made me and fashioned me: O give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have put my trust in thy word. [Psalm 118[119]:73-74]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Ascension-tide
Homily by St. Gregory the Great
Homily 29 on the Gospels - - continued

Lesson x

WE should note a point that Luke makes, to establish more firmly the truth of the Lord's resurrection: he says, While the Lord was with them, eating with them, he commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem. Then he says, While they beheld, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. Weigh these words; ponder their mystery: while they were assembled together he was taken up. He ate, and he ascended. Thus, by the act of eating, the truth of Very Flesh is revealed.

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Daily Posting: May 23/June 5

I know, O Lord, that thy judgements are right, and that thou of very faithfulness hast caused me to be troubled. O let thy merciful kindness be my comfort, according thy word unto thy servant. [Psalm 118[119]:75-76]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Ascension-tide
Homily by St. Gregory the Great
Homily 29 on the Gospels - - continued
Lesson xi

BUT Mark records that the Lord, before he ascended into heaven, upbraided his disciples with their unbelief and hardness of heart. And what are we to gather from this, but that the Lord chose this particular time of bodily withdrawal from them, as the time to upbraid them, so that his words, spoken on departure, might be more firmly planted in their hearts?

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Daily Posting: May 24/June 6

Please pray for the repose of Fr. Barry Jeffrey (a Western Rite Priest in Australia) who died on Monday June 2.

Funeral is at Greek Orthodox Church in Launceston “next week.”

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O let thy loving mercies come unto me, that I may live; for thy law is my delight. Let the proud be confounded, for they go wickedly about to destroy me; but I will be occupied in thy commandments. [Psalm 118[119]:77-78]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins in Ascension-tide
Homily by St. Gregory the Great
Homily 29 on the Gospels - -continued
Lesson xii

LET us hear, then, the commandment that he gave them after he had rebuked their hardness: Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. Surely, my brethren, the Evangelist did not mean that the Gospel was to be preached to insensible objects and to brute-beasts, when it was said, Preach to every creature? But man is suggested by every creature, since man has something in common with every creature: he has his creation in common with the stones, his life and growth with the trees, his senses with the animals, his understanding with The Angels. If, then, he has something in common with every creature, man is connected with every creature, and therefore every creature has the Gospel preached to it, when it is preached to man alone.

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Daily Posting: May 25/June 7 - Vigil of Pentecost

Let such as fear thee, and have known thy testimonies, be turned unto me. O let my heart be sound in thy statutes, that I be not ashamed. [Psalm 118[119]:79-80]

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The Lesson from the Holy Gospel according to St. John
Lesson i - - - - - - - - - Chapter 14:15-21


JESUS said unto his disciples: If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter.

Homily by St. Augustine, Bishop
Homily 74 on John

IN saying, I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Paraclete, he shews that he is himself a Paraclete. And indeed Paraclete is in our tongue, Advocate: and it is said of Christ, We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And that the world cannot receive the Holy Spirit he said in the same regard as it is said, The wisdom of the flesh is at enmity with God: for to the law of God it is not subject, neither indeed can be: just as if we should say, Unrighteousness cannot be righteous. In fact, by World, in this place he means lovers of the world, which love is not of the Father. And therefore, to the love of this world (which it is our business to get diminished and consumed away in us) the love of God is contrary, which love is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given to us.

Lesson ii

THE world, then, cannot receive him, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him. For worldly love hath not the invisible eyes by which the Holy Spirit can only be invisibly beheld. But, saith he, ye shall know him, because he shall dwell with you, and shall be in you. Shall be in them that he may dwell, not dwell that he may be: for to be somewhere comes before dwelling. Only, lest they should think the saying, Shall dwell with you, to be spoken in the customary sense of a guest visibly dwelling with a man, he expounded what he meant by, Shall dwell with you, when he further said, Shall be in you. Therefore he is invisibly seen: nor, if he be not in us, can the knowledge of him be in us. For in this way is our own conscience seen by us in ourselves: we see another's face, our own we cannot see. Our conscience we see, another's we see not. But then, conscience never is any where but in us, whereas the Holy Spirit can also be without us, as in fact he is given to be also in us. But seen and known as he ought to be seen and known, by us he cannot be, if he be not in us.

Lesson iii

AFTER making promise of the Holy Ghost, lest any should imagine that the Lord meant to give him as though instead of himself, so that he should not also himself be with them, he went on to say, I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. Albeit therefore the Son of God hath adopted us to be sons to his Father, and willed us to have the same to be our Father by grace which is his by nature, yet even he in some sort sheweth toward us a fatherly affection, when he saith, I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you.

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Daily Posting: May 26/June 8 - Feast of Pentecost

WHEN Christ our Lord had passed once more
Into the heaven he left before,
He sent a Comforter below
The Father's promise to bestow.

THE solemn time was soon to fall
Which told the number mystical;
For since the resurrection day
A week of weeks had passed away.

AT the third hour a rushing noise
Came like the tempest's sudden voice,
And mingled with the Apostles' prayer,
Proclaiming loud that God was there.

FROM out the Father's light it came,
That beautiful and kindly flame,
To kindle every Christian heart,
And fervour of the Word impart.

AS then, O Lord, thou didst fulfil
Each holy heart to do thy will,
So now do thou our sins forgive
And make the world in peace to live.

TO God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, praise be done;
May Christ the Lord upon us pour
The Spirit's gift for evermore. Amen.

Hymn at Matins, Feast of Pentecost, [Jam Christus astra ascenderat]
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My soul hath longed for thy salvation, and I have a good hope because of thy word. Mine eyes long sore for thy word; saying, O when wilt thou comfort me? [Psalm 118[119]:81-82]

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I will not leave you comfortless, alleluia: I go; but I will come to you, alleluia: and your heart shall rejoice, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, first Vespers, Feast of Pentecost]

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Receive ye the Holy Ghost: whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Feast of Pentecost]

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O GOD, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour. Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. [Collect, Feast of Pentecost]

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To-day are fulfilled the days of Pentecost, alleluia: to-day the Holy Spirit appeared in fire to the disciples, and bestowed upon them his manifold graces: sending them into all the world, to preach the gospel, and to testify: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, second Vespers, Feast of Pentecost]

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O God, who through the preaching and wondrous deeds of blessed Augustine, thy Confessor and Bishop, didst vouchsafe to illuminate the English people with the light of true faith: grant, at his intercession, that the hearts of the erring may return to the unity of thy truth, and that we may be of one mind to do thy holy will. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, St. Augustine of Canterbury, May 26/June 8]

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Daily Posting: May 27/June 9

O God, who by the learning of blessed Bede, thy Confessor and Doctor, hast made thy church illustrious: mercifully grant unto thy servants, that we may ever be illuminated by his wisdom and aided by his prayers. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, St. Bede the Venerable, May 27/June 9]

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God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Monday, within the Octave of Pentecost]

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O God, who didst pour out upon thine Apostles the gift of the Holy Spirit: graciously fulfil the devout prayers of thy people; that upon them to whom thou hast given faith, thou mayest also abundantly bestow the blessing of peace. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Monday, within the Octave of Pentecost]

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SEND, we beseech thee, Almighty God, thy Holy Spirit into our hearts: that he may direct and rule us according to thy will, comfort us in all our afflictions, defend us from all error, and lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the same Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. [APB Collect, Monday, within the Octave of Pentecost]

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If a man love me, he will keep my saying, and my Father will love him: and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Monday, within the Octave of Pentecost]

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For I am become like a bottle in the smoke: yet do I not forget thy statutes, How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou be avenged of them that persecute me? [Psalm 118[119]:83-84]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins.
Sermon by St. Leo the Great
Sermon 1 on Pentecost - - - Ch. 1

Lesson v

DEARLY beloved, all Catholics know in their hearts that Pentecost is to be esteemed as one of the most important festivals. There is no question but that we owe great reverence to that day which the Holy Spirit has sanctified by his most excellent and wondrous Gift.

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Daily Posting: May 28/June 10
Readings from the Fathers during Matins.
Sermon by St. Leo the Great
Sermon 1 on Pentecost. - - Ch. 1

Lesson vi

FOR this is the tenth day since the Lord ascended high above all heavens to sit down at the right hand of God the Father, and it is the fiftieth since his Resurrection, whereon the Lord initiated and made manifest mighty mysteries, binding together the old and new covenants; thereby plainly revealing that grace was foreshadowed by the law, and that the law has been perfected by grace.

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I am the door, saith the Lord: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall find pasture, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Tuesday within the Octave of Pentecost]

Let the power of the Holy Spirit come upon us, O Lord, we beseech thee: that he may both mercifully cleanse our hearts, and defend us from all adversities. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Tuesday within the Octave of Pentecost]

Grant, we beseech thee, merciful God: that thy Church, being gathered together in unity by thy Holy Spirit, may manifest thy power among all peoples, to the glory of thy Name. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. [APB Collect, Tuesday within the Octave of Pentecost]

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Tuesday within the Octave of Pentecost]

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Now that the day light fills the sky,
We lift our hearts to God on high,
That he, in all we do or say,
Will keep us free from harm to-day:

Would guard our hearts and tongues from strife;
From anger's din would hide our life;
From all ill sights would turn our eyes;
Would close our ears from vanities:

Would keep our inmost conscience Pure;
Our souls from folly would secure;
Would bid us check the pride of sense
With due and holy abstinence.

So we, when this new day is gone,
And night is drawing on,
With conscience by the world unstained
Shall praise his name for victory gained.

To thee who, dead, again dost live,
All glory, Lord, thy people give;
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Ghost forevermore. Amen.

[Hymn at Prime {Jam lucis orto sidere} (with doxology on Pentecost and throughout the Octave of Pentecost)]
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The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law. All thy commandments are true: they persecute me falsely; O be thou my help. [Psalm 118[119]:85-86]

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Daily Posting: May 29/June 11

They had almost made an end of me upon earth; but I forsook not thy commandments. O quicken me after thy loving-kindness; and so shall I keep the testimonies of thy mouth. [Psalm 118[119]:87-88]

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COME, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
Vouchsafe within our souls to rest;
Come with thy grace and heavenly aid,
And fill the hearts which thou hast made.

To thee, the Comforter, we cry;
To thee, the Gift of God most high;
The Fount of life, the Fire of love,
The soul's Anointing from above.

The sevenfold gifts of grace are thine,
O Finger of the Hand Divine;
True Promise of the Father thou,
Who dost the tongue with speech endow.

Thy light to every sense impart,
And shed thy love in every heart;
Thine own unfailing might supply
To strengthen our infirmity.

Drive far away our ghostly foe,
And thine abiding peace bestow;
If thou be our preventing Guide,
No evil can our steps betide.

Make thou to us the Father known,
Teach us the eternal Son to own,
Be this our never-changing creed,
That thou from Father dost proceed.

To thee who, dead, again dost live,
All glory, Lord, thy people give;
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Ghost forevermore. Amen.

Vespers Hymn, Feast of Pentecost, [Veni, Creator Spiritus]
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I am the living bread, saith the Lord, which came down from heaven, alleluia, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Wednesday within the Octave of Pentecost]

WE beseech thee, O Lord, that the Comforter, who proceedeth from thee, may enlighten our minds: and lead us into all truth, as thy Son hath promised. Who with thee in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Wednesday within the Octave of Pentecost]

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Wednesday within the Octave of Pentecost]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins.
Sermon by St. Leo the Great
Sermon 1 on Pentecost. Ch. 1

Lesson vii

FOR as of old, when the Hebrews had been freed from the yoke of the Egyptians, the law was given on Mount Sinai the fiftieth day after the sacrifice of the Passover lamb; so after the Passion when the true Lamb of God was slain, the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and upon the company of believers on the fiftieth day after his Resurrection, in order that the faithful Christian might truly perceive that the mysteries of the Old Testament provide the foundations of the Gospel, and that the second Covenant was established by the same Spirit which had instituted the first.

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Daily Posting: May 30/June 12

BLEST joys for mighty wonders wrought
The year's revolving orb hath brought,
What time the Holy Ghost in flame
Upon the Lord's disciples came.

The quivering fire their heads bedewed
In cloven tongues' similitude,
That eloquent their words might be,
And fervid all their charity.

In varying tongues the Lord they praised,
The gathering people stood amazed;
And whom the Comforter divine
Inspired, they mocked as full of wine.

These things were done in type to-day,
When Eastertide had worn away,
The number told which once set free
The captive at the jubilee.

And now, O holy God, this day
Regard us, as we humbly pray,
And send us from thy heavenly seat
The blessings of the Paraclete.

Thou once in every holy breast
Didst bid indwelling grace to rest:
This day our sins, we pray, release,
And in our time, O Lord, give peace.

To thee who, dead, again dost live,
All glory, Lord, thy people give;
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Ghost forevermore. Amen.

Hymn at Lauds, Feast of Pentecost, [Beata nobis gaudia]
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O LORD, thy word endureth for ever in heaven. Thy truth also remaineth from one generation to another; thou hast laid the foundation of the earth, and it abideth. [Psalm 118[119]:89-90]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins.
Sermon by St. Leo the Great
Sermon 1 on Pentecost. Ch. 1

Lesson viii

FROM this day, therefore, the preaching of the Gospel hath sounded forth like a trumpet; from this day the gentle rain of the gifts of the Spirit, the rivers of blessings, have watered all the dry and thirsty desert: for the Spirit of the Lord moved upon the face of the waters, that he might renew the face of the earth; the new flames shone forth to chase away the old darkness with the brilliancy of fiery tongues and the clarity of the Word of God; flaming eloquence is conceived, from which proceeds understanding and the doing away of sins, through the Spirit's Power of consuming and enlightening as by fire.

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Jesus called unto him his twelve disciples, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases: and he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Thursday within the Octave of Pentecost]

The Spirit which proceedeth from the Father, alleluia: he shall glorify me, alleluia, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Thursday within the Octave of Pentecost]

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Daily Posting: May 31/June 13

They continue this day according to thine ordinance; for all things serve thee. If my delight had not been in thy law, I should have perished in my trouble. [Psalm 118[119]:91-92]

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Jesus said: But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith unto the sick of the palsy) I say unto thee, Arise, take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Friday within the Octave of Pentecost]

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GRANT, we beseech thee, O merciful God: that thy Church being gathered together in the Holy Spirit, may be disturbed by no assaults of the enemy. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Friday within the Octave of Pentecost]

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But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my Name, he will teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, Friday within the Octave of Pentecost]

The Lesson from the Holy Gospel according to St. John
Lesson ix - - - - - - - - Ch. 14

JESUS said unto his disciples: If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter.

Readings from the Fathers during Matins.
Homily by St. Gregory the Great
Homily 30 on the Gospels

Beloved brethren, let us run through the words of the Gospel Lesson, but briefly, so that we may be able to spend longer in contemplation of the unforgettable events of this solemn festival. For on this day suddenly the Holy Spirit came with a rushing sound upon the disciples, changing their fleshly minds into the nature of his own love; and while outwardly fiery tongues appeared, inwardly their hearts were set ablaze; for they who received God in a vision of fire were inflamed with the bliss of love. For the Holy Spirit is Very Love: as John says, God is love.

Readings from the Fathers during Matins.
Homily by St. Gregory the Great
Homily 30 on the Gospels
Lesson x

HE who yearns for God with all his might does already possess what he loves. Nor is it possible for anyone to have a true love for God if he cannot hold in his possession that which he loves. But now, if any of you were asked whether you loved God, you would reply with all faith and confidence, I do love him. Yet listen to what the Truth says in today's Gospel: If a man love me, he will keep my words. The proof of love, then, is manifest in works. John says again in his Epistle. If a man say, I love God, and keepeth not his commandments, he is a liar.

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Daily Posting: June 1/14

I will never forget thy commandments; for with them thou hast quickened me. I am thine, O save me, for I have sought thy commandments. [Psalm 118[119]:93-94]

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The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by his Spirit which dwelleth in us, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Saturday within the Octave of Pentecost]

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WE beseech thee, O Lord, graciously pour forth into our hearts thy Holy Spirit: by whose wisdom we were treated, and by whose Providence we are governed. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Saturday within the Octave of Pentecost]

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Readings from the Fathers during Matins.
Homily by St. Gregory the Great
Homily 30 on the Gospels
Lesson xi

WE do indeed love God and keep his commandments, when we deny ourselves our passions. For he who allows himself to be dissipated by unlawful desires does not yet love God, for he wilfully opposes him. And my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. Beloved brethren, consider how great is this honour: to have God arriving as a guest at the inn of your heart.

Lesson xii

SURELY if some rich or noble friend were about to arrive at our house, the whole place would be thorough cleaned with all haste, lest there should be anything to offend the eye of this friend. Therefore let him who is preparing the home of his mind for God rub off the dirt of his sinful works. But behold what the Truth says: We will come unto him, and make our abode with him. For he comes to some hearts and yet does not make his abode in them: by means of a certain degree of penitence these perceive the presence of God, but the temptations of this present life make them forget their repentance, and so they return again to their evil works, even as though they had never repented.

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Daily Posting: June 2/15

The Athanasian Symbol
Quicumque vult

1. Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith;

2. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.

3. And the catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity;

4. Neither confounding the persons nor dividing the substance.

5. For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit.

6. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one, the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.

7. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit.

8. The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Spirit uncreated.

9. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible.

10. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal.

11. And yet they are not three eternals but one eternal.

12. As also there are not three uncreated nor three incomprehensible, but one uncreated and one incomprehensible.

13. So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Spirit almighty.

14. And yet they are not three almighties, but one almighty.

15. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God;

16. And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.

17. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Spirit Lord;

18. And yet they are not three Lords but one Lord.

19. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord;

20. So are we forbidden by the catholic religion to say; There are three Gods or three Lords.

21. The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten.

22. The Son is of the Father alone; not made nor created, but begotten.

23. The Holy Spirit is of the Father, neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.

24. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.

25. And in this Trinity none is afore or after another; none is greater or less than another.

26. But the whole three persons are coeternal, and coequal.

27. So that in all things, as aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.

28. He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.

29. Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

30. For the right faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and man.

31. God of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and man of substance of His mother, born in the world.

32. Perfect God and perfect man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting.

33. Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching His manhood.

34. Who, although He is God and man, yet He is not two, but one Christ.

35. One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking of that manhood into God.

36. One altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.

37. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ;

38. Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead;

39. He ascended into heaven, He sits on the right hand of the Father, God, Almighty;

40. From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

41. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies;

42. and shall give account of their own works.

43. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.

44. This is the catholic faith, which except a man believe faithfully he cannot be saved.

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The ungodly laid wait for me to destroy me; but I will consider thy testimonies. I see that all things come to an end; but thy commandment is exceeding broad. [Psalm 118[119]:95-96]

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Thanks, O God, be unto thee, thanks be unto thee, one and very Trinity, one and supreme Deity, holy and onely Unity. [Magnificat antiphon, Trinity Sunday]

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O GOD, the strength of all those who put their trust in thee; Mercifully accept our prayers; and because, through the weakness of our mortal nature, we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy commandments we may please thee, both in will and deed. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Trinity Sunday]

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Blessed be the holy Creator and Governor of all things, the holy and undivided Trinity, both now and ever, and to endless ages of ages. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Trinity Sunday]

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ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hast given unto us thy servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity; we beseech thee that thou wouldest keep us stedfast in this faith, and evermore defend us from all adversities. Who livest and reignest, one God, world without end. [Collect, Trinity Sunday]

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Daily Posting: June 3/16

LORD, what love have I unto thy law! all the day long is my study in it. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies; for they are ever with me. [Psalm 118[119]:97-98]

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Thou Trinity in Unity
Who rulest all things mightily,
Bow down to hear the songs of praise
Which we, thy wakeful servants, raise.

The day-star's rays are glittering clear,
And tell that day itself is near;
The shadows of the night depart:
Thou, holy Light, illume the heart.

All laud to God the Father be;
All praise, eternal Son, to thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the Holy Paraclete. Amen.

[Hymn [Tu, Trinitatis Unitas], Lauds, Trinity Sunday]

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Daily Posting: June 4/17

Upcoming ROCOR Synod

Next week, on 24 June, the bishops of ROCOR will hold an important meeting (Sobor). A year ago a similar meeting led to considerable upset and confusion in ROCOR's Western Rite. Bishop Jerome was removed from his office as Vicar Bishop of the Western Rite. Clergy, missions and parishes were left without clear direction, a situation which some of them found intolerable. Many lives were touched and many hearts were broken by the actions of certain bishops and clergy. It is our hope that the harm thus done might be repaired (insofar as possible) by the healing and pastoral actions of the bishops in their upcoming Sobor. We commend to all the following prayer to St. John Maximovitxh, heavenly patron, along with St. Tikhon, of the Western Rite in Orthodoxy at large and in the Russian Church in particular.

Prayer to St John Maximovitch
for the Restoration of Western Rite Orthodoxy

O Lord Jesus Christ, who hast called the simple and humble to carry the light of the Gospel into the world; and, in these latter days, hast raised up thy holy servant Saint John to foster and bless the mission and ministry of Orthodoxy in the West: pour forth thy wisdom and grace upon those who seek to spread the Word of thy Truth by encouraging a wider vision of the Orthodox faith; that the West may recover from its apostasy and deep divisions, and its ancient rites be restored in their fullness to thy holy Church. Open the minds and hearts of all Orthodox peoples and hierarchs to acknowledge the rightful place of their Western brethren within the Orthodox Church, that the efforts of Saint John may bear fruit and thy Church may be one. This we ask, Lord Jesus Christ, who, with the Father and Holy Ghost, livest and reignest, one God, world without end. Amen.


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Daily Posting: June 5/18

Prayers Sought

In light of the recent meeting in the Holy Land between the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Pope of Rome, it remains obvious that before any healing come to a divided Christendom many prayers will be needed. Please join the monks of Christmimnster in their prayers for this healing.

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O God, who by the zeal of blessed Boniface, thy Martyr and Bishop, didst vouchsafe to call a multitude of peoples to the knowledge of thy Name: mercifully grant that as we honour his feast day, we may also experience is protection. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [St. Boniface, June 5/18]

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LORD, what love have I unto thy law! all the day long is my study in it. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies; for they are ever with me. [Psalm 118[119]:97-98]


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Daily Posting: June 6/19

I have more understanding than my teachers; for thy testimonies are my study. I am wiser than the aged; because I keep thy commandments. [Psalm 118[119]:99-100]

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O Trinity of blessed light,
O Unity of princely might,
The fiery sun now goes his way;
Shed thou within our hearts thy ray.

To thee our morning song of praise,
To thee our evening prayer we raise;
Thy glory suppliant we adore
For ever and for evermore.

All laud to God the Father be;
All praise, eternal Son, to thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the Holy Paraclete. Amen.

Vespers hymn, [O lux beata Trinitas], Trinity Sunday
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Daily Posting: June 7/20

Local Mission

We would like to call to the attention of our readers the intensive and extensive mission work done here at St. George's Cathedral under the tireless and dedicated direction of Joanne Lorenzo. This mission, known as the Magdalene Project, includes prison ministry, soup kitchen, children's activities, and special needs for women at risk. We ask the prayers of all friends of Christminster for God's blessing on this woman and her work.

If further information is wanted we refer you to the Magdalene Project's web site.

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O God of greatest clemency
Who madest this wondrous world to be,
In Power essential Unity,
In Person Holy Trinity.

To us arising give thy hand,
Help us with sober minds to stand,
Aflame with love, and to thee pay
Our debt of thanks, or praise for aye.

Glory to thee, O Father, Lord,
And to thy Sole-begotten Word,
Both with the Holy Spirit One
While everlasting ages run. Amen.

Hymn at Matins, Trinity Sunday, [Summæ Deus clementiæ]
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I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep thy word. I have not shrunk from thy judgments; for thou teachest me. [Psalm 118[119]:101-102]

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Daily Posting: June 8/21

O how sweet is thy Spirit, O Lord, who, that thou mightest shew thy kindness unto thy children, givest them that sweetest bread from heaven, fillest the hungry with good things, and sendest the rich and scornful empty away. [Magnificat antiphon, first Vespers, Corpus Christi]

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O God, who in a wonderful Sacrament hast left unto us a memorial of thy Passion: grant us, we beseech thee, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of thy Body and Blood, that we may ever perceive the fruit of thy redemption. Who with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Corpus Christi]

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O how sweet are thy words unto my throat; yea, sweeter than honey unto my mouth. Through thy commandments I get understanding: therefore I hate all evil ways" [Psalm 118[119]:103-104]

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Where Matins is said before Midnight the following optional weekday hymn [Deus Creator omnium]) may be said on ferial weekdays instead of those for each day:

O GOD, Creator of the world
And King of heaven, sending light
Most beautiful to clothe the day.
And grace of sleep to come by night,

THAT so in rest our slackened limbs
Grow strong for work as dawns the day.
And wearied minds be fresh again.
As light drives anxious care away.

WITH bounden thanks, with offered vows,
With prayers and hymns our debt we pay,
Beseeching thee to keep us safe
As night draws nigh, as ends the day.

TO thee our inmost heart doth cry.
Our voice resounds in melody.
For thee chaste love with longing yearns,
Our humbled soul doth worship thee.

AND when dense blackness falls to close
The day in thickest folds of night.
Let not our faith such darkness know.
But by that faith let dark be light.

ALLOW thou not our souls to rest:
Our sins in rest, we pray thee, bind:
Let pure, refreshing faith be strong
To cool all dreams that heat the mind.

STRIPPED clean from senses' danger, let
Our inmost heart dream deep of thee;
Let not our envious foe disturb
Our rest with guile and treachery.

WE pray to thee, O Father, Christ,
And Spirit, Holy Trinity,
Onely in power, ruling all;
Watch over us eternally. Amen.
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Daily Posting: June 9/22

NOW, my tongue, the Mystery telling,
Of the glorious Body sing,
And the Blood, all price excelling,
Which the Gentiles' Lord and King,
In a noble womb once dwelling,
Shed for this world's ransoming.

Given for us, and condescending
To be born for us below,
He, with men in converse blending,
Dwelt the seed of truth to sow,
Till he closed with wondrous ending
His most patient life of woe.

That last night, at supper lying
'Mid the Twelve, his chosen band,
Jesus, with the Law complying,
Keeps the Feast its rites demand;
Then, more precious Food supplying
Gives himself with his own hand.

Word-made-Flesh, by word he maketh
Very bread his Flesh to be;
Man in wine Christ's Blood partaketh,
And if senses fail to see,
Faith alone the true heart waketh
To behold the Mystery.

Therefore we, before him bending,
This great Sacrament revere;
Types and shadows have their ending,
Faith,our outward sense befriending,
Makes our inward vision clear.

Glory let us give, and blessing,
To the Father, and the Son,
Honour, might and praise addressing,
While eternal ages run;
Ever too his love confessing
Who with Both is ever one. Amen.

Hymn at first and second Vespers, Corpus Christi, [Pange, lingua, gloriosi]
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O sacred banquet, wherein Christ is received, the memory of his Passion is renewed; the soul with grace is filled, and a pledge of future glory is bestowed, alleluia. [Magnificat antiphon, second Vespers, Corpus Christi]

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I am the living bread, which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever. [Benedictus antiphon, Lauds, Corpus Christi]

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THY word is a lantern unto my feet, * and a light unto my paths. I have sworn, and am steadfastly purposed, to keep thy righteous judgments. [Psalm 118[119]:105-106]

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The child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli, and the word of the Lord was precious in his sight. [Magnificat antiphon, Vespers, second Sunday after Pentecost]

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A certain man made a great supper, and bade many; and sent his servants at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready, alleluia. [Benedictus antiphon, Vespers, second Sunday after Pentecost]

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O Lord, who never failest to help and govern those whom thou dost bring up in thy stedfast fear and love; Keep us, we beseech thee, under the protection of thy good providence, and make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, second Sunday after Pentecost]

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Daily Posting: June 10/23

I am troubled above measure: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy word. Let the free-will offerings of my mouth please thee, O Lord; and teach me thy judgments. [Psalm 118[119]:107-108]

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The Word proceeding from above,
Yet leaving not the Father's side,
Went forth upon his work of love,
And reached at length life's eventide.

By false disciple to be given
To foemen for his death athirst.
Himself, the living Bread from heaven.
He gave to his disciples first.

To them he gave, in two-fold kind,
His flesh and Blood in very deed;
For man is of these two combined,
And he the whole of man would feed.

Our Brother in his birth was he,
Our Food while seated at the board:
He died our Ransom thus to be,
He reigns to be our great reward.

O Saving Victim, opening wide
The gate of heaven to man below:
Our foes press on from every side;
Thine aid supply, thy strength bestow.

All praise and thanks to thee ascend
For evermore, blest One in Three;
O grant us life that shall not end
In our true native land with thee. Amen.

Hymn at Lauds, Corpus Christi, [Verbum supernum prodiens]
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Daily Posting: June 11/24

O God, who makest us glad through the intercession of blessed Barnabas thine Apostle: mercifully grant that we who ask thy benefits through him may obtain them by the gift of thy grace. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, St. Barnabas, June 11/24]

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My soul is alway in my hand; yet do I not forget thy law. The ungodly have laid a snare for me; * but yet I swerved not from thy commandments. [Psalm 118[119]:109-110]

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Daily Posting: June 12/25

HENCE, night and clouds that nighttime brings,
Confused and dark and troubled things;
The dawn is here, the sky grows white,
Christ is at hand; depart from sight.

Earth's dusky veil is torn away,
Pierced by the sparkling beams of day:
The world resume its hues apace
Soon as tire day-star shows its face.

But thee, O Christ, alone we seek,
With conscience Pure and temper meek:
With tears and chants we humbly pray
That thou wouldst guide us through the day.

For many a shade obscures each sense
Which needs thy beams to purge it thence:
Light of the Morning Star, illume,
Serenely shining, all our gloom.

All laud to God the Father be;
All praise, eternal Son, to thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the Holy Paraclete. Amen.

(Hymn of Wednesday at Lauds [Nox et tenebre et nubila])
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Thy testimonies have I claimed as mine heritage for ever; and why? they are the very joy of my heart. I have applied my heart to fulfil thy statutes alway, even unto the end. [Psalm 118[119]:111-112]

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Daily Posting: June 13/26
Behold the golden dawn arise;
The paling night forsakes the skies:
Those shades that hid the world from view,
And us to dangerous error drew.

May this new day be calmly passed,
May we keep pure while it shall last:
Nor let our lips from truth depart,
Nor dark designs engage the heart.

So may the day speed on; the tongue
No falsehood know, the hands no wrong:
Our eyes from wanton gaze refrain,
No guilt our guarded bodies stain.

For God all-seeing from on high
Surveys us with a watchful eye:
Each day our every act he knows
From early dawn to evening's close.

All laud to God the Father be;
All praise, eternal Son, to thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the Holy Paraclete. Amen.

(Hymn of Thursday at Lauds [Lux ecce surgit aurea])
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I HATE them that imagine evil things; but thy law do I love. Thou art my defence and shield; and my trust is in thy word. [Psalm 118[119]:113-114]


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Daily Posting: June 14/27

O Lord, we beseech thee, hear the prayers which we offer thee on the solemnity of blessed Basil, thy Bishop and Confessor, and by the intercession of him who worthily attained to serve thee, absolve us from all our sins. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, St. Basil the Great, June 14/27]

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ETERNAL glory of the sky,
Blest hope of frail humanity,
The Father's Sole-begotten One,
Yet born a spotless Virgin's Son;

Uplift us with thine arm of might,
And let our hearts rise pure and bright,
And, ardent in God's praises, pay
The thanks we owe him every day.

The day-star's rays are glittering clear,
And tell that day itself is near:
The shadows of the night depart;
Thou, holy Light, illume the heart.

Within our senses ever dwell,
And worldly darkness thence expel:
Long as the days of endure,
Preserve our souls devout and pure.

The Faith that first must be possessed,
Root deep within our inmost breast:
And joyous Hope in second place,
Then Charity, thy greatest grace.

All laud to God the Father be;
All praise, eternal Son, to thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the Holy Paraclete. Amen.

Hymn of Friday at Lauds [Æterna cœli gloria])
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Away from me, ye wicked; I will keep the commandments of my God. O stablish me according to thy word, that I may live; and let me not be disappointed of my hope. [Psalm 118[119]:115-116]


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Daily Posting: June 15/28

ALMIGHTY GOD, Father eternal, who of thy great love didst send us thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, to be born of our human flesh in the womb of the blessed and ever-virgin Mary: grant that, as we celebrate this day her memorial as our Lady of Glastonbury, and holpen by her prayers, we may be delivered from all present sorrows and brought to the fullness of eternal life and joy in thee: who with the same Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest, ever one God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, Our Lady of Glastonbury, celebrated on the third Saturday in June]

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BY THY tender mercy, O Lord, and the gracious intercession of blessed Mary, Glastonbury's Queen and sovereign Lady, may this offering avail for our prosperity and peace in this life, and for our salvation and felicity in the life to come. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Secret, Our Lady of Glastonbury, celebrated on the third Saturday in June]

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GRANT, we beseech thee, O Lord, that we who have partaken of these mysteries unto our salvation, may at all times and in all places be safe under the protection of blessed Mary ever-virgin, in whose honour as our Lady of Glastonbury we have made these offerings unto thy majesty. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Postcommunion prayer, Our Lady of Glastonbury, celebrated on the third Saturday in June]

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Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe; Yea, my delight shall be ever in thv statutes. Thou hast trodden down all them that depart from thy statutes; for they imagine but deceit. [Psalm 118[119]:117-118]

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DAWN sprinkles all the east with light;
Day o'er the earth is gliding bright;
Morn's glittering rays their course begin;
Farewell to darkness and to sin.

Each phantom of the night depart,
Each thought of guilt forsake the heart:
Let every ill that darkness brought
Beneath its shade, now come to nought.

So that last morning, dread and great,
Which we with trembling hope await,
With blessed light for us shall glow
Who chant the song we sang below.

All laud to God the Father be;
All praise, eternal Son, to thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the Holy Paraclete. Amen.

(Hymn of Saturday at Lauds [Aurora jam spargit polum])

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Daily Posting: June 16/29

Grant, we beseech thee, almighty God, that we may in all things be comforted by the intercession of the saints of the British Isles and of all thine elect: and that as we do call to mind the godliness of their lives, so we may be mightily defended by their help. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, All Saints of the British Isles]

We beseech thee, O Lord, mercifully to accept these our oblations: that, at the intercession of all thy Saints and Holy Ones of the Isles, we may by thee be defended against all adversities. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Secret prayer, All Saints of the British Isles]

We heartily thank thee, O Lord, for that thou hast vouchsafed to feed us, who here have called to remembrance all thy Saints of the Isles, with this heavenly mystery: and we beseech thee to grant that this our outward performance of thy service may mightily assist us in the attainment of everlasting joy. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Postcommunion prayer, All Saints of the British Isles]

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MAKER of all, eternal King,
Who day and night about dost bring:
Who weary mortals to relieve
Dost in their turn the seasons give:

Now chanticleer proclaims the day
And calls the sun's awakening ray,
The wandering pilgrim's guiding light,
That marks the watches night by night.

Roused at the note, the morning star
Heaven's dusky veil uplifts afar:
Night's vagrant bands longer roam,
But from their dark ways hie them home.

The encouraged sailor's fears are o'er,
The foaming billows rage no more:
Lo! e'en the very Church's Rock
Melts at the crowing the cock.

O let us then all ardent rise;
The cock rebukes our slumbering eyes,
Bestirs who still in sleep would lie
And shames who would their Lord deny.

New hope his clarion note awakes,
Sickness the feeble frame forsakes,
The robber sheathes his lawless sword,
Faith to the fallen is restored.

Look on us, Jesu, when we fall,
And with thy look our souls recall:
If thou but look, our sins are gone,
And with due tears our pardon won.

Shed through our hearts thy piercing ray,
Our souls' dull slumber drive away:
Thy Name be first on every tongue,
To thee our earliest praises sung.

All laud to God Father be;
All praise, eternal to thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the Holy Paraclete. Amen.

(The {Sunday} Winter Hymn at Lauds [Æterne rerum Conditor])
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O God, the protector of them that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Collect, third Sunday after Pentecost]

O Lord, look upon the gifts of thy suppliant Church; and grant that the partaking thereof may be for the salvation and continual sanctification of them that believe. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Secret prayer, third Sunday after Pentecost]

May thy holy gifts which we have received, quicken us, O Lord, and may they, by making atonement, fit us for everlasting mercies. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen. [Postcommunion, third Sunday after Pentecost]

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Daily Posting: June 17/30
THOU Brightness of the Father's ray,
True Light of light and Day of day,
Light's fountain and eternal spring,
Thou Morn, the morn illumining!

Glide in, thou very Sun divine;
With everlasting brightness shine:
And shed abroad on every sense
The Spirit's light and influence.

Thee, Father, let us seek aright,
The Father of perpetual light,
The Father of almighty grace,
Each wile of sin away to chase.

Our acts with courage do thou fill;
Blunt thou the tempter's tooth of ill:
Misfortune into good convert,
Or give us grace to bear unhurt.

Our spirits, whatsoe'er betide,
In chaste and loyal bodies guide;
Let Faith, with fervour unalloyed,
The bane of falsehood still avoid.

And Christ our daily food be nigh,
And Faith our daily cup supply:
So may we quaff, to calm and bless,
The Spirit's rapturous holiness.

Now let the day in joy pass on:
Our modesty like early dawn,
Our faith like noontide splendour glow,
Our souls the twilight never know.

See! morn pursues her shining way:
True Morning, all thy beams display!
Son with the mighty Father one,
The Father wholly in the Son.

All laud to God the Father be;
All praise, eternal Son, to thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the Holy Paraclete. Amen.

(Hymn of Monday - Lauds [Splendor paternæ gloriæ])
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I DEAL with the thing I that is lawful and right; O give me not over unto mine oppressors. Make thou thy servant to delight in that which is good, that the proud do me no wrong. [Psalm 118[119]:121-122]