Advent, past present and future

Now, again, is the time of Advent, which is the traditional period of preparation leading up to Christmas. This is a holy time, as all times are holy. It is unlike other times, even as all times are distinct, and so like each time has its special celebrations. As we...

ambassador, mystic, doctor, bride

This Thursday, October 15, we remember St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church. The Liturgy of the Hours, in both Lauds and Vespers, celebrates Teresa in a hymn written by Pope Urban VIII in 1632, 50 years after her death. (You can watch Lauds and Vespers for...

a little maid to bear a blossom fair

This Christmas we will sing, as is always fitting, “Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming”, but today (September 8) we commemorate a related birth, also sprouting from Jesse’s lineage: Our Blessed Virgin Mary is the dear branch from which that blessed...

joy of the world, new star of heaven

This Sunday 8/15 is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast celebrates the end of Mary’s earthly life and the beginning of her residence in Heaven. As befits the Mother of God (the Theotokos), her transition to Heaven and position...

the eleventh hour

For vespers on this Friday, July 9, our hymn Horis Peractis Undecim is a meditation on the parable of the vineyard workers, as found in Matthew 20. (You can watch Lauds and Vespers for July 9 on YouTube. Please forgive and skip the ads.) Many of us recall the story:...