Your light is strong…

Father of light, unchanging God, today you reveal to men of faith the resplendent fact of the Word made flesh. Your light is strong, your love is near; draw us beyond the limits which this world imposes, to the life where your Spirit makes all life complete. We ask this through Christ our Lord. -- Alternative Closing Prayer, First Vespers of the EpiphanyYou can listen to the complete First Vespers for this Solemnity, here. Much more professionally done than my old podcasts.An underrated … [Read more...]

Dec 18 – O Adonai

SourceOnce again, our friends the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist provide a lovely background to today's glorious antiphon:The title "Adonai," was originally used by the Israelites instead of pronouncing the name of God as revealed to Moses at the burning bush. Not only did God tell Moses His name, but He also gave him the Law, which paradoxically sets us free. Although our culture tells us that freedom is for doing whatever we like, our faith tells us that we have been … [Read more...]

Dec 17 – O Sapientia

Finally, we come to the last week of Advent and the gorgeous O Antiphons which precede the Magnificat at Vespers. I like the description here.O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.I love this U2 song, which re-states the Magnificat, and the video with it; the wind (on which rides the Holy Spirit) comes over what is hidden, revealing what appears to be the New Jerusalem, and then flows … [Read more...]

Advent Pictures of Christ

Snowflake Photos from SnowCrystals.comI know I need to be careful how I say this.Yes, they're snowflakes.But when I first saw these pictures, all I could think of was: Look! Pictures of Christ!Pictures of perfection, they remind us of the joyful Antiphon for a Monday's vespers: "yours is more than mortal beauty; every word you speak is full of grace."They are -in a sense- pictures of Christ in Glory.He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all … [Read more...]

Vespers for June 4th

I hope this doesn't sound too very rushed, I wanted to make it available for people to download for the commute home!Here is a podcast of Vespers for June 4th. I sound a little breathy, sorry. … [Read more...]

Podcast: Vespers for May 13

On this feast of Our Lady of Fatima, I like this quote from John Vianney, which I actually used just the other day in this compilation:The Father takes pleasure in looking upon the heart of the most holy Virgin Mary, as the masterpiece of his hands…The Son takes pleasure in it as the heart of his Mother, the source from which he drew the blood that has ransomed us. – St. John Vianney (1786-1859)Here is the Podcast for Vespers. Please pardon my rasp. My voice is still strained. … [Read more...]

Podcast: Vespers for Tuesday May 12

For anyone interested, me and my raspy voice in a podcast of Vespers for the day.If like me, you like a cup of coffee after vespers, the price is going to go up!Why am I not surprised. Well, I splurge to get the world's best coffee, anyway. … [Read more...]

Vespers: "Once there was no mercy for you…"

"You have led me forth from my prison, that I may give praise to your name, alleluia." Second Antiphon for First Vespers in the 5th Sunday of EasterA shorter evening prayer, for a day when the head feels like it is spinning a bit:Antiphon 1: Like the evening offering my hands rise up in prayer to you, O Lord, alleluiaI have called to you, Lord, hasten to help me! Hear my voice when I cry to you Let my prayer arise before you like incense, the raising of my hands like an evening … [Read more...]

Welcome Archbishop Dolan!

Archbishop Dolan Knocks, as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton looks on (shamelessly cribbed from Rocco)“I was at the vespers when he was installed as bishop [of Milwaukee]. And there’s a part where the bishop knocks on the door. Most do it timidly. Tap, tap. Not him — ‘Bang! Bang!’ It echoed through the cathedral and let everyone know that Timothy Dolan was there.” –Rev. Steven M. Avella, history professor at Marquette.In keeping with his apparent habit, Archbishop Timothy Dolan knocked resoundingly la … [Read more...]

Feast of the Annunciation

"The Angel of the Lord appeared unto Mary," R: And she conceived by the Holy Spirit -- The AngelusA nearby parish rings the Angelus bells twice a day, and I love it. Sometimes in Manhattan, you can hear a church ringing the Angelus. People hurry by; possibly few of them even hear the bells, and those who do may think they are simply tolling 6PM, or noon.The Angelus is a devotion of the Church. At the tolling of the bells, signifying mid-day or evening prayer, a leader will intone, "The … [Read more...]