The Monastery Chapel and Guesthouse are closed.
During the month of August, the Brothers spend time together in retreat and community discussions. We will not be live-streaming services during this time. In the meantime, we offer to you our daily “Brother, Give Us a Word” meditation, archived Evensong and homilies on the Friends of SSJE Facebook page, as well as Compline below.
At this time when the Monastery Chapel is closed, the Brothers invite you to join us for our nightly Compline - the ancient monastic service of bedtime prayers.
As you prepare for Compline, you might consider lighting a candle. To follow the service, use the Book of Common Prayer (pages 127-135) or the Order of Service below.
We pray you all will know "a quiet night."
Welcome to SSJE
We are a community of men giving our whole selves over to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rooted in the ancient monastic traditions of prayer and community life, and critically engaged with contemporary culture, we seek to know and share an authentic experience of God’s love and mercy. We live a common life shaped by worship, prayer, and our Rule of Life.
We invite you to explore these pages to learn more about how we live and pray, the tradition that grounds us, and the call that draws us onward day by day.
The most powerful words that we can use in all of human language are: I’m sorry; or I forgive you. When Jesus was nailed to the hard wood of the cross, in the throes of pain and suffering, He prayed to God: “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” Contrition can put us in right and holy relationship with God and others, and is a fresh beginning, a clean slate, and a new opportunity to use words to heal.
-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE
Recent Sermons from the Chapel
“It’s a lot to try to keep in balance and when things seem to go sideways all the effort seems for naught. When we look around and wonder, is it making any difference? Am I running blind? Am I running in place? Are you running with me Jesus?”
Achingly honest questions from Br. Todd Blackham, with an encouraging promise: Jesus leads us on.Read More >
“God’s right extends not only to us as individuals, but to communities and even nations. God has in mind what he wants us to be and to become, and like the potter, God exerts pressure through the circumstances of our lives, to shape and mold us into the vessels he has envisioned.”
Br. David Vryhof invites us to discern how God is shaping us, individually and concretely.Read More >
“During this time, when many of us are confined, maybe bored, and are missing church, perhaps today’s Gospel is challenging us to ask, So where are the signs of God’s Kingdom, right here in my home, in my kitchen? Where is the Spirit at work, here, now, in the midst of dull routine? Where is God in the ordinary, in the person we are so familiar with, whom we perhaps tend to overlook or ignore, in activities that we are bored with, and take for granted. But these might be the very people and places where God’s treasure is waiting to be discovered, waiting to transform our lives.”
Br. Geoffrey Tristram urges us not to miss the treasure of God’s Kingdom – God’s presence – in our midst.Read More >
“ It seems to me that the invitation today is simply to pay attention, as I did to that carrot patch, noticing where things were rotting from too much damp, and not enough air; where things are struggling because the soil was too impacted and hard; where things are flourishing, because the conditions were just right.”
Picking up on Jesus’ parable of the sower, Br. James Koester encourages us to consider the growing conditions in our hearts.Read More >
“Mary was chosen to accompany Jesus in active ministry as an adept disciple. She has herself chose the way of vulnerable, radical availability and self-giving love which Jesus models as being truly human, reflecting the nature of God.”
Br. Jonathan Maury celebrates the importance and witness of Mary Magdalene.Read More >
Join us as we explore the riches of our worship traditions, liturgy and sacraments, and the art and architecture of our worship spaces, revealing the full meaning of these signs, deepening our experience of Christian vocation and guiding us toward ongoing conversion.