O Clavis David!

O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus IsraĆ«l, qui aperis, et nemo claudit, claudis, et nemo aperuit: veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.O Key of David, and scepter of the house of Israel, you open, and no one shuts, you shut, and no one opens: come, and lead the prisoner from jail. seated in darkness and in the shadow of death.Dec 17 - O Sapientia! Dec 18 - O Adonai! Dec 19 - O Clavis David! … [Read more...]

Advent Vespers w/talk & prayer

Vespers with the beautiful O Antiphon for the night are podcasted here. My talk afterwards is disjointed and the prayer pretty simple. Please pray for the people I mention - they all need our prayers. I do too.When we pray for others while we're in the midsts of uncertainty and anxiety, ourselves, it helps everyone. The prayee and the pray-or. … [Read more...]

Advent Vespers (Shortened) with Poem

The schedule is a bit mad today and the house a bit full. Here is a "shorter" version of Evening Prayer for which I used today's entry from Magnificat Magazine, which I highly recommend to you, particularly if - like many - the full-length Liturgy of the Hours is just more than your daily schedule can handle.After the prayer, which is substantially shorter than normal Vespers, I read an except from Longfellow's "Introitus" of "The Divine Tragedy" just because I liked it so much. I hope you … [Read more...]

Advent Vespers w talk on Difficult Christmas

First the Advent Conspiracy! H/T Deacon GregVespers for tonight - it's flying by the seat of my pants; I knew what I wanted to say, but didn't write it down, then found the dog and Buster both intruding...if I sound a little disjointed toward the end, it's because as I was trying to speak, Buster was pacing around the desk waiting to show me a gift for his girlfriend. So, I have no idea if this will be any good, but here is the podcast of Vespers for tonight, with a short talk on how … [Read more...]

Vespers for Dec 15, no talk (iTunes UPDATE)

Kind of downer Vespers for today. Not the readings and psalms, they're fine, but I'm not quiet "with it" in this podcast, sorry. No talk, and I even screw up and forget the final blessing, "may the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil, and bring us to eternal life."Vespers for December 15.Sorry. I'll try to do better tomorrow, and the beautiful O Antiphons begin on Wednesday the 17th, so...hang in there. Those are worth tuning in for.If anyone is downloading this via iTunes (I see … [Read more...]

Obama/Blagojevich or Podcasts?

In preparing to record Vespers for today I thought instead I should ask you folks what you prefer. So far, the most popular podcasts seem to be the Rosanne Rosannadanna impression w/homiliette at the end, the podcast with no prayers, just a talk on the Immaculate Conception, and the Office for the Dead which I did on for 9/11, and was one of my earliest efforts.Would you like to hear Morning Prayer instead of Vespers, or would you like me to mix it up with Midday Prayer or the Office of … [Read more...]

Advent Vespers w/ talk Dec 9

Way behind schedule over here due to a personal mishap - nothing big, something stupid, actually, but you know...one of "those days."I must admit, there was a point where I was feeling a little undone and frantic at the way my schedule and my day had gone lopsided, and I almost wanted to forego doing the podcast, but then I thought...no, what I really need is a time-out for prayer. Vespers will help, not hurt - and indeed, that's what happened. You'll note from the canticle chant ("My soul … [Read more...]

Advent Vespers w/ Talk Dec 6

Vespers for Saturday always anticipates the readings for Sunday. The Podcast for tonight's vespers can be found here. The hymn is "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" and the talk at the end talks about that vulnerable part of ourselves most tripped over in silence.Honestly, I don't know how folks listen to the talking part of the podcast; it's ants-in-the-pants for me.The Benedictine Nuns at St. Walburga's have an Advent reflectionThe Dominican Nuns at Summit have posted an mp3 of their … [Read more...]

Advent Vespers w/talk Dec 4

I'm glad so many of you liked my Roseanne Roseannadanna impression yesterday (and my surprise plug to Happy Catholic) - and I appreciate all the nice emails on the podcasts - but today's Vespers is sticking to the liturgy, albeit with a nice opening hymn you may not have heard before; sadly you must contend with my voice. I may be on to some better equipment, though, which will be good news, won't it?As with yesterday's podcast, there is a short little talk at the end. It's not as … [Read more...]

Vespers & a "Homiliette"

My Li'l Bro Thom suggested that I try adding a little "homiliette" - for lack of a better word - at the end of Vespers, so, here is vespers-with-homiliette for today.I have no idea if it's any good or worth doing again, but I can tell you that I made a silly mistake in saying I wanted to "stick with vespers and vesper antiphons"...I meant, I wanted to stick with Advent, of course.Since we started off with Verse two of O Come Divine Messiah, here are the words:O Christ, whom nations … [Read more...]