Tag: Vespers

Great Job!

Hi everyone! We just completed our first evenings at St. Monica’s and St. Blaise with many returning and new participants.  The first week is always a bit rusty (especially for me), but everything will become more comfortable as we go along.  In Week II,…

Not quite sure what this “Vespers” thing is all about?

Here is a little introductory video that you might find helpful.  It gives you an overview of the Liturgy of the Hours and where Vespers fits within the prayer.  If it still seems a bit foreign, just show up to one of the evenings…

Magnificat Pronunciation

We introduced the Canticle of Mary in Latin this past Friday, which we will continue using for the remaining Lenten Vespers.  Although the melody will change each week, getting a handle on the pronunciation will make a world of difference.  Here is a wonderful…

Magnificat

We are coming up to Friday in the Third Week of Lent; half-way through our time in the desert (there are five weeks in Lent, not including Holy Week).  This Friday, we will be meeting at St. Mary’s Cemetery Chapel for the Prep class…

Resource for meditation

Hi all, I just thought it might be helpful to offer one of the resources I consult for meditating on the Psalms.  I have been using this site, which organized the reflections given by St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI on the…

A brief introductory reflection…

The origins of the Liturgy of Vespers and the symbolism of light read the rest here ….it is not very long, and a worthwhile introduction to Vespers don’t forget to check previous posts for additional information  

Friday after Ash Wednesday

Hello all, I’m looking forward to getting together this Friday for Vespers.  We have the preparation class at 6 pm in Mary’s room, and Vespers will begin in the Church shortly after the 7 pm Stations of the Cross has finished.  I will get…

To sum up…

Thank you all for taking part in praying Vespers during this Advent season!  I just wanted to share a closing reflection, also taken from The Seven Bells of Bethlehem: Giving an overview of the Antiphon titles: “As Wisdom He is known to us through…

Getting closer to Christmas!

Thank you all for taking part in praying Vespers these past few weeks!  It is wonderful to see some new faces and to share in this joyful preparation for the Nativity of Our Lord.  I just wanted to offer a few things before we…

Just some helpful videos

Hi everyone! The First Sunday of Advent is coming up, so I wanted to share some videos to help you become familiar with parts that may be a little more difficult.  Please keep in mind: the purpose of Vespers is prayer – it is…

Friday – Fourth Week of Lent

Hey everyone, There are a few adjustments we will make in order to better fit with the Living Stations.  The  preparation class is being moved to one of the classrooms on the bottom floor of Founders Hall so that we wont have to move…

Friday in Lent – Eve of the Annunciation

Warning: we have a very exciting Friday Vespers this week! Not only is it “First Vespers for the Feast of the Annunciation” (the feast is on Saturday, so the Divine Office helps us to enter into the mystery of the holy day by preparing…

Friday in Lent – Week 2

Great job, once again, with Vespers last Friday!  I actually think the melodies and Psalms for this week are going to be a little easier than our prior experiences, so you will probably catch on quickly. This week, we will begin singing the Our…

Friday in Lent – Week 1

Hello all! Well done at last week’s Vespers service!  Everyone seems to have picked up on things pretty quickly. This week will be very similar, so if something didn’t quite sink in, you will have a second chance before we add a new challenge. …