Category Archives: Ritual

Caturday Thoughts – Greater Heat dà shǔ 大暑 Jul 23

Dàshǔ 大暑, or Taisho in Japanese, Daeseo in Korean, or Đại thử in Vietnamese is the 12th solar term. It refers in particular to the day  the Sun is at the celestial longitude of 120°. In the Gregorian calendar, it will begin this year on … Continue reading

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Before I Lay Me Down to Sleep – Compline

In the early centuries of the Church, in addition to the celebration of Mass, it was customary to hold a so-called vigil, a prayer service in three parts, on the night before a feast day. From this vigil service developed … Continue reading

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Sunset Meditation – Vespers

Vespers is the sunset evening prayer service in the many denominations liturgies of the canonical hours. The word comes from the Greek ἑσπέρα (“hespera”) and the Latin vesper, meaning “evening”. It is also referred to in the Anglican tradition as … Continue reading

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Midafternoon Moment – None

None or the Ninth Hour, is the late afternoon time of prayer of the Divine Office. As with several of the “little hours”It consists mainly of psalms and is said around 3 p.m. Its Latin name refers to the ninth hour … Continue reading

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The Fullness of Light – Sext

Sext, or Sixth Hour, is another of the fixed times of prayer of the Divine Office  of almost all the traditional Christian liturgies. It consists mainly of Psalms and is said at noon. Its name comes fromLatin and refers to … Continue reading

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Clear and Bright qīng míng 清明 Apr 05

Qing Ming, 清明, or Seimei in Japanese, and Cheongmyeong 청명사 (Korean) and Thanh minh (Vietnamese) is the 5th solar term of the traditional calendar. In space partitioning, Qingming begins when the sun reaches the celestial longitude of 15° and ends when it … Continue reading

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Mid Morning Pause – Terce

Terce, or Third Hour, was the time of the mid-morning break for prayer in the medieval monasteries. It consisted then, and still does, mainly of psalms and is said at 9 a.m. Its name comes from Latin and refers to … Continue reading

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