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Lenten Prayer Journals

Our Lenten series, “Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John,” begins on Sunday, February 11.  A beautiful journal has been produced to accompany the six-week program of daily videos from the brothers. The journal can be purchased individually or in packs of ten on Amazon, or you can pick one up at the Monastery. You can also download printable versions from the website (including a large-print edition). We hope you will join us for this transformative offering.

Catch the Life Announcement

We are launching a new campaign, “Catch the Life,” in order to spread the word of the monastic life to young men who might be interested in exploring this vocation with us. We love this life and hope that our joy in it is contagious. In the last several years, our hope has been rewarded with new Postulants and the Professions of Brothers Luke, Jim, Nicholas and Keith. As a community, we feel galvanized and called by God to build up the next generation of Brothers to continue the work entrusted to us. We believe that the religious life is more vital than ever to the life of the Church and the mission of God, as monasteries offer people a passionate experience of the life of faith, in order for them to go out in mission and service in the name of Christ.

We have created a new website, www.catchthelife.org, to support this adventure. On the site we share why we love this life and describe some of the richness we have found in our vocation, as well as the stories of men who have offered their life to God in our community in the past. We hope the site will pique the curiosity of men who wonder what it looks like to “live upon a Truth.”

Upcoming Programs at the Monastery and Emery House

There is still time to register for the following programs being offered at the Monastery at Emery House:

  • Saturday, February 10: “Centering Prayer Workshop” with Br. Keith Nelson (9:00 am to 3:00 pm)
  • Saturday, April 21: “Completing God’s Work” (a workshop on Creativity) with Br. Mark Brown (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)
  • Tues-Sun, March 27-April 1: “Holy Week at the Monastery” (stay for part or all of the week)
  • Fri-Sun, March 23-25: “Palm Sunday Weekend at Emery House”
  • Tues-Sun, March 27-April 1: “Holy Week at Emery House”

Learn more and register for these programs here.

The Rev. Dr. John Yieh at SSJE

The Rev. Dr. John Yieh of the Virginia Theological Seminary was with the Brothers for four days, preaching at our Tuesday evening Eucharist and teaching a three-day course on the Gospel of John.  He is shown here with Brothers Curtis Almquist (center) and James Koester, at a meal celebrating Curtis’ 25th year in life vows.

 

Gifts for the Journey: Preaching Series

We warmly invite you to a new preaching series on following God’s call. On Tuesday January 23 at 5:30 PM, Br. Lucas Hall will preach on the gift of Guides.

Invite a friend to join you at the Monastery at 5:30 pm on Tuesdays during Epiphanytide, as together we gather gifts for the journey.

January 9: The gift of Identity – Br. Nicholas Bartoli

January 16: The gift of Detours – Br. Jim Woodrum

January 23: The gift of Guides – Br. Lucas Hall

January 30: The gift of Disillusionment – Br. Keith Nelson

February 6: The gift of Community – Br. Luke Ditewig

All Are Welcome!

Epiphany Preaching Series: Gifts for the Journey

We warmly invite you to our new preaching series on following God’s call. Invite a friend to join you at the Monastery, Tuesdays, 5:30 PM, during Epiphanytide. Together we will gather gifts for the journey.

January 9: The gift of Identity – Br. Nicholas Bartoli

January 16: The gift of Detours – Br. Jim Woodrum

January 23: The gift of Guides – Br. Lucas Hall

January 30: The gift of Disillusionment – Br. Keith Nelson

February 6: The gift of Community – Br. Luke Ditewig

Tuesdays, 5:30 PM in Epiphanytide
All Are Welcome!

Praying for Vocations on Dec. 28, our Patronal Feast

We will be keeping the feast of St. John the Evangelist in Christmastide this year on Thursday, 28 December. This is the day when the founders of our community, Richard Meux Benson, Charles Chapman Grafton and Simeon Wilberforce O’Neill, made their profession of life vows in 1866, thus giving birth to our community. This year marks the 151st anniversary of that event. Please continue to pray for the gift of new vocations to our community, as we prepare to celebrate our patronal feast. The Eucharist that day will be at 8:00 AM. Please join us if you are able.

Unwrapping the Gifts: Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas follow from December 25 until January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, the traditional date when the Magi arrived to present gifts to infant Jesus. For many, the meaning of these days is lost. By Christmas night we are saturated with the holiday hype, overfed by music and food, and may already be disappointed that the presents received are not enough. We Brothers invite you to embrace the true meaning of this sacred season with an online audio book Twelve Days of Christmas: Unwrapping the Gifts. This book is not a bah humbug about Christmas customs and presents. It is simply an invitation to go deeper than the tinsel and wrappings, beyond the presents given and received, to the source of all the good gifts in life. Each morning during the twelve days, our “Brother Give Us a Word” email will include a link to that day’s chapter, inviting you to unwrap gifts that will last, by praying the twelve days of Christmas.

Saturday Evening Prayer

Evening Prayer has often been described as one of the glories of Anglicanism. The community sings Evening Prayer at 6:00 PM on Saturday evenings. During Advent there are special hymns, and antiphons for the psalms and the Magnificat (Song of Mary), which reflect the season.

Why not make attending Saturday Evening Prayer one of the ways in which you prepare for Christmas?

See the Christmas Schedule >