Saturday, April 21, 2018 (9:00 am-12:15 pm)
Leader: Br. Mark Brown, SSJE
Reflections on a Christian understanding of creativity; geared toward artists, homemakers, engineers, scholars and those who love them.
Completing God's Word - April 21, 2018
Saturday, February 10, 2018 (9:00 am-3:00 pm; includes lunch)
Leader: Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE
Centering prayer is a gentle practice of silent, spacious communion with God through consent to God’s abiding presence within. Grounded solidly in the Western Christian contemplative tradition, its subtle fruits are realized in daily life as a deepening intention of Love toward God and a reconfigured quality of attention toward the whole of life. As a complement to the disciplines of worship and Christian life in community, centering prayer holds profound potential as a means for integrating inner stillness and loving service.
This day-long, beginner level, experiential training will offer a thorough introduction to the theory and practice of centering prayer.
Introduction to Centering Prayer - February 10, 2018
Saturday, December 9, 2017 (9:00 am-12:15 pm)
Leader: Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE
A “disordered attachment” is the slippery slope of clinging to something – our appearance, reputation, money, status, eloquence, relationship(s), etc. – to determine our happiness. Life is precious and fleeting. Br. Curtis will draw on Christian and Buddhist spirituality and developmental psychology to reflect on the inner freedom we need to be fully alive.
Disordered Attachments and Inner Freedom - December 9, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017 (9:00 am-12:15 pm)
Leader: Br. Jonathan Maury, SSJE
“The rite of anointing the sick with oil, or the laying on of hands, by which God’s grace is given for the healing of spirit, mind and body” (BCP, 861) is increasingly incorporated into Sunday and weekday liturgies. This practicum is for parish clergy and for lay persons ministering under their supervision.
Celebrating the Sacraments of Healing - October 14, 2017
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Our Daily Life
We gather throughout the day to pray the Daily Office—Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer and Compline. On most days we join in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Our common prayer and worship sanctify the work of the day, interrupting it so that we can direct and offer it all to God in thanksgiving. To read more about the Daily Office, click here or to listen audio clips, click here.
Every morning we also spend an hour alone before God, usually in our cells, where we come to know the rewards of “the Father who sees in secret.” In our prayer we bring to God the needs of the world, as well as our work and our joys, our gratitude and our sin, our sufferings and our dreams, our poverty and our desires, our passion and our sexuality, our fears and our resistance, our gifts and our grief. Our prayer includes all and we welcome all.
We aim above all to be “Men of the Moment,” responsive to the call of God and the needs of our world in the present day. At our home and in our ministries, we aim to share with others gifts from the Spirit:
Silence and Sanctuary
We offer our monasteries as places of silence, sanctuary, and simple beauty, renewing them to meet changing needs. At home and wherever we minister, we accept and welcome all who come, including them in our worship, meals, and fellowship.
Guidance in Prayer and Spirituality
We offer guidance through preaching, teaching, retreats, workshops, and spiritual direction. In our guest houses in Cambridge and West Newbury we extend our hospitality to guests, who may come for an individual retreat or may attend group retreats on topics related to prayer and spirituality. We are especially available to students and others at critical stages of life formation, and to those whose vocation is the formation of others.
A Vision for Wholeness
We serve a wide spectrum of people, from the disempowered and marginalized to the influential and privileged. For several years, we have been affiliated with St. George’s College in Jerusalem, serving as chaplains on a number of pilgrimages to the Holy Land each year. Recently, we also have conducted mission trips to Africa. Individual brothers work in a variety of local and regional ministries—with students, with prisoners, and with persons affected by HIV/AIDS. We aim to be ministers of reconciliation, hope, and transformation. Our work helps people uncover their deepest desires, live with authenticity, and discover their place in the heart of God.
The Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) was founded in the parish of Cowley in Oxford, England, by the Reverend Richard Meux Benson in 1866. SSJE was the first stable religious community of men to be established in the Anglican Church since the Reformation. Our order came to Boston in 1870. For many years SSJE also had houses in Scotland, India, South Africa, Japan and Canada.
Now, the Brothers of the North American Congregation live at the Monastery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near Harvard Square, and also keep a rural retreat center, Emery House, in West Newbury, Massachusetts. The Brothers live under a Rule of Life and, at profession, make vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience.
Sounds from the Monastery
- Chapel Bell
- Audio from Morning Prayer (:38)
- Audio from Noonday Prayer (:39)
- Audio from Compline (:58)
- A hymn recorded by the Brothers in Chapel: Abide with me (3:11)
From Guard Us Sleeping: Compline – Psalms, Prayers, and Hymns for the Night
- Opening Blessing, Confession of Sin, and Preces
- Versicles and Responces, Kyrie, the Lord’s Prayer, & Collects
- The Song of Simeon Numc dimittis & Dismissal
Compline – Version 2
- Psalms 31 & 123
- Versicles and Responces, Kyrie, and the Lord’s Prayer (Millennial Settings)
- The Song of Simeon Nunc dimittis & Dismissal
Hymns and Songs for the Night