Category Archives: Liturgical Year

LENTEN READING


It is an old tradition of the Eastern Orthodox monastics to read the Ladder of Divine Ascent by St. John Climacus once over the period of Lent. Though I certainly recommend this practice, for a newbie “The Ladder” can be quite … Continue reading

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February 11 to 17 ~ 2018


On all three Pre-Lenten Sundays (but not on weekdays) the Proper Invitatory and the winter hymn are used.The Alleluia is omitted from Compline on the Saturday before Septuagesima until Compline on Saturday before Easter. The Laus, tibi Domine is used instead. On double feasts … Continue reading

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Epiphany (ii)


“We make this assertion because this is what the liturgy itself tells us, in the very acts of making us manifest and like to Christ. The manifestation and full meaning of Christ to the world is given in the Christmas … Continue reading

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O wondrous interchange … !


This Collect says much about the season of Christmastide. In Neale’s Breviary the translation reads: “O wonderful exchange ! The Creator of mankind taking to Himself a living body, vouchsafed to be born of a virgin: and, proceeding forth as … Continue reading

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Destruction of Advent


Advent. The season of great and ancient spiritual resources. a season of expectation and preparation. And for me, … a season in which The Book of Common Prayer fails me the most. It has removed a great many of the propers … Continue reading

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Nativity of the B.V.M.


The Diurnal in the edition based on the work St. John Mason Neale directs one to use the propers from the feast of the Conception of the BVM. There we find the following propers for tonight: Antiphons There shall come … Continue reading

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Observing Lent with the Anglican Breviary


Ash Wednesday is already behind us and so is the first Sunday of Lent. Anciently Ash Wednesday began right before Matins with the observance of the Gradual Psalms. Sadly these are not given as a devotion in the Anglican Breviary. … Continue reading

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