Need We Say More – Second Sunday of Advent

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Continuing our Need We Say More series of posts for Advent, we bring you the second reading from today’s Office of Readings:  an excerpt from one of the exegetical works of Eusebius of Caesarea.  He served as Bishop of Caesarea, and died in the fourth century.  He wrote many and various works, including the first surviving history of the Church, which has earned him the title “Father of Church History.”

Please click on the image below to listen to a short reading from the Commentary on Isaiah by Eusebius of Caesarea, courtesy of Sr. Grace Marie.

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Need We Say More – First Sunday of Advent

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In praying the Liturgy of the Hours each morning, we are able to begin our day with the Psalms, scripture readings and the Church Fathers. The readings from the Fathers are always packed full of insight and wisdom.  We want to share that with you, so, as we’ve done for the last four years, on each Sunday of Advent we’re posting some of this ancient wisdom of the Church, taken from the patristic readings in the Liturgy of the Hours.  The Fathers said it best, and sometimes they said it first. That’s why we call this series Need We Say More.

Please click on the image below to listen to a short reading from the Catecheses of St. Cyril of Jerusalem, courtesy of Sr. Grace Marie. breviary

Need We Say More – Fourth Sunday of Advent

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On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we bring you the final installment of our Need We Say More series, the second reading from today’s Office of Readings:  an excerpt from a commentary of St. Luke’s Gospel by St. Bede.

Bede, who died in the eighth century, was a historian and Doctor of the Church. One of the most learned men of his time, he wrote many commentaries on scripture, though he is most famous for the Ecclesiastical History of the English People.

At age seven his family gave him into the care of a nearby monastery, governed by the abbot St. Benedict Biscop.  He himself says, “From that time I have spent the whole of my life within that monastery, devoting all my pains to the study of the Scriptures, and amid the observance of monastic discipline and the daily charge of singing in the Church, it has been ever my delight to learn or teach or write.”

His life is an example of the incredible contribution to learning, culture, and the preservation of history to which the monks of his time devoted their lives.

Please click on the image below to listen to a short reading from a commentary on St. Luke’s Gospel by St. Bede, courtesy of Sr. Grace Marie.

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Need We Say More – Third Sunday of Advent

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On this third Sunday of Advent, we continue our Need We Say More series, bringing you the second reading from today’s Office of Readings:  an excerpt from a fourth century sermon given by St. Augustine of Hippo.  He probably holds the title of most frequent contributor to the Office, as it seems we are always reading something from his sermons or his Biblical commentary.

Please click on the image below to listen to a short reading from a sermon by St. Augustine, courtesy of Sr. Grace Marie.

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Originally posted December 15, 2013

Need We Say More – Second Sunday of Advent

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Continuing our Need We Say More series of posts for Advent, we bring you the second reading from today’s Office of Readings:  an excerpt from one of the exegetical works of Eusebius of Caesarea.  He served as Bishop of Caesarea, and died in the fourth century.  He wrote many and various works, including the first surviving history of the Church, which has earned him the title “Father of Church History.”

Please click on the image below to listen to a short reading from the Commentary on Isaiah by Eusebius of Caesarea, courtesy of Sr. Grace Marie.

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Originally posted December 2013

Need We Say More – First Sunday of Advent

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In praying the Liturgy of the Hours each morning, we are able to begin our day with the Psalms, scripture readings and the Church Fathers. The readings from the Fathers are always packed full of insight and wisdom. So on each Sunday of Advent we want to share with you some ancient wisdom of the Church, taken from the Church Fathers.  They said it best, and in sometimes they said it first. That’s why we’re calling this series Need We Say More

Please click on the image below to listen to a short reading from the Catecheses of St. Cyril of Jerusalem, courtesy of Sr. Grace Marie. breviary

First posted December 1, 2013

Need We Say More – Fourth Sunday of Advent

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On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we bring you the final installment of our Need We Say More series, the second reading from today’s Office of Readings:  an excerpt from a commentary of St. Luke’s Gospel by St. Bede.

Bede, who died in the eighth century, was a historian and Doctor of the Church. One of the most learned men of his time, he wrote many commentaries on scripture, though he is most famous for the Ecclesiastical History of the English People.

At age seven his family gave him into the care of a nearby monastery, governed by the abbot St. Benedict Biscop.  He himself says, “From that time I have spent the whole of my life within that monastery, devoting all my pains to the study of the Scriptures, and amid the observance of monastic discipline and the daily charge of singing in the Church, it has been ever my delight to learn or teach or write.”

His life is an example of the incredible contribution to learning, culture, and the preservation of history to which the monks of his time devoted their lives.

Please click on the image below to listen to a short reading from a commentary on St. Luke’s Gospel by St. Bede, courtesy of Sr. Grace Marie.

breviaryOriginally posted December 2013