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. Many of us recall the story: There is a twelve-hour work day in the vineyard, and fresh workers get hired through the...

solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

Tuesday, June 29, is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. As such, it is the onomastico (name-day) of Paul Rose, and every other Paul out there, as well as all the Peters. Buon onomastico! Our hymn for this day, O Roma Felix, celebrates the fact that both of these...