Category Archives: Ritual

Libra Sep 22 9:53 PM

Libra began on September 22nd this year. Libra is the seventh astrological sign in the Zodiac. It spans the 180–210th degree of the zodiac, between 180 and 207.25 degree of celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this area … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Zhongyuan Festival

I love festivals of all kinds, but especially ones connected with either food or folklore. This Saturday is the Zhongyuan Festival, also known as Ullambana Festival among Buddhists, falls on the fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month of the … Continue reading

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Autumn Commences lì qiū 立秋 Aug 07

Lìqiū 立秋, or Risshū in Japanese, Ipchu in Korean, or Lập thu in Vietnamese is  the 13th solar term of the year. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 135° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 150°. In terms of the … Continue reading

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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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