During this week of Thanksgiving, we brothers want you to know how grateful we are to share our worship, prayer, and hope with all of you in these extraordinary times. This week we pause to spend time together and reflect on our life. We are pausing from our regular live-streaming of Evensong until Saturday, Nov. 28th when we will return to observe the beginning of the Church year with the First Evensong of the First Sunday of Advent. We invite you join us.
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.
Tithing is an Old Testament principle, giving ten percent of what we have and hold to God. If you were to ask me if “tithing” is an important principle for today, I would say “no.” I think the invitation is not for 10 percent but for 100 percent. We are trustees of 100 percent of the life entrusted to us by God. The question then becomes how we should spend our lives, being the gifts that they are.
-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE
Recent Sermons from the Chapel
Now available to download or to order in print. The Ordo of the Daily Office and Holy Eucharist. Advent 2020 through Advent 2021 ( Year 1 & Year B ) Compiled and edited by Jonathan Maury, SSJE Download free PDF Order print copy Ordo errata correctionsRead More >
“It is in our fallen nature that we have created boundaries and barriers separating us in the hopes of being deemed better; as superior to our neighbor; as somehow worthy of our creation. Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, income inequality, educational disparity, and all their ilk: these are elements of a poverty that is man-made, born out of shame and then forced on others, seeking to strip them of their dignity and rob them of the provision that God has intended for us all.”
Br. Jim Woodrum considers the root of our flawed human judgments, and invites us to share with each other the diversity of God’s infinite goodness.Read More >
“Do you know what it’s like to be trapped by fear? To not accept a generous invitation? To not risk doing something new or challenging? To not take action except perhaps to dig a really great hole and carefully hide something—or yourself—so that it is seemingly safe and prevented from changing?”
Br. Luke Ditewig urges us to embrace our God given gifts with courage and trust.Read More >
“Prayer is offering love. Being faithful is continuing to offer love by praying when frustrated and waiting. When the troubles of the world and your life overwhelm, when you are tempted to lose heart, when prayer feels frustrating and dry, when you don’t see results, remember God is merciful and trustworthy.”
Br. Luke Ditewig encourages us to keep offering love in prayer, trusting that God will meet us.Read More >
“The wise bridesmaids trust that the bridegroom will arrive. They know that the light entrusted to them will be required when he comes to meet them. And still they allow for the fact that the desired event may not happen as expected or at their convenience.”
Br. Sean Glenn considers how we are called to live with hopeful expectation, as the wise bridesmaids did.Read More >
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