Category Archives: Saints

Beheading of St. John Baptist & Commemoration of St. Sabina


Lessons selected from the II & III Nocturn: Lesson iv: We must not hurry past the record of blessed Baptist John.  We must ask what he was; by whom he was slain; and why and how.  He was a righteous … Continue reading

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Benedict’s Vision


In his Dialogues Pope St. Gregory the Great relates the story of St. Benedict seeing a remarkable vision. It follows upon his “forced” all-night meeting with his sister St. Scholastica. Benedict had been unwilling to grant Scholastica’s request to stay with … Continue reading

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Feast of St. Maurus


Anglican Benedictines, presuming they follow the Holy Rule and therefore use the Anglican edition of the Office according to St. Benedict, celebrate the Feast of St. Maurus today with commemoration of the second Sunday after Epiphany. This feast ranks as … Continue reading

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Sixth Day in the Octave


THE same God who in the Old Testament had commanded the first-fruits to be offered to himself, being born as Man, himself consecrated to his own worship the first fruits of the nations. The Shepherds were the first fruits of … Continue reading

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St. Joachim’s Feast


The Orthodox Church has celebrated the feast of St. Joachim for a very long time. Much longer than the Roman rite has celebrated this feast. The feast has always been celebrated by them in close association with the birthday of … Continue reading

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For the Octave of Assumption


As Christ is Lord, so Mary is Lady and sovereign. He who bends the knee before the Son, kneels before the Mother. At the sound of her name the devils tremble, men rejoice, the Angels glorify God. Mary and Christ … Continue reading

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Fourth Day in the Octave of St. Laurence


From the Monastic Breviary translated by the late Fr. Jack Whitbrock: WAS it said to Saint Lawrence: thou shouldest not have spent the treasures of the Church, sold sacramental vessels? It is necessary that someone should do this work with … Continue reading

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