The Brothers have been heartened and encouraged by all those who shared comments and responses to SSJE’s recent offering, Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John. We value your feedback! If you’d like to respond to a quick survey about your experience with the Lenten offering, we would be so grateful to hear about your experience. Click here to access the survey >
We will be celebrating our annual patronal festival, The Feast of St. John, the Beloved Disciple, on Saturday, 5 May at 11:00 AM. Our Guest Preacher that day will be The Reverend Bobbi Patterson, a longtime friend of the Society and member of the Fellowship of Saint John. During the Eucharist we will be receiving new members into the Fellowship. Following the service we will host our annual garden party and luncheon. All are welcome! No need to RSVP. Please invite someone who doesn’t yet know the monastery to join you that day.
The next Tuesday Soup and Bread Supper following the 5:30 PM Eucharist will be on Tuesday, 10 April. Please plan on joining us for a simple soup and bread supper with informal conversation, after the Eucharist and invite some friends to join you. It’s a great way to introduce people to the Monastery.
Each day of Holy Week offers a fresh invitation to engage with this most sacred season. Click here to find a resource page for each day of Holy Week. We hope these selections of music, sermons, videos, and photographs will help you pray along the road to Calvary and the Empty Tomb. Praying Holy Week >
The Guesthouse and Chapel will be closed from after Evening Prayer on Easter Day (1 April) until before Evening Prayer on the Saturday in Easter Week (7 April). There will be no public liturgies that week (including on Tuesday). We will re-open the Chapel in time for Evening Prayer on Saturday, 7 April.
Tuesday night we welcomed The Most Revd Frank Griswold as our Preacher and Presider at the Eucharist. Bishop Griswold is the former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church; a long-time friend of the Society’s; a member of the Fellowship of Saint John; and currently serves as our Bishop Visitor. He is with us this week making his annual official visitation of the Community.
What a joy on Sunday, March 4, to celebrate the clothing of Sean Glenn as a novice in our community. As we say about the habit in our Rule, “This clothing, dense with meaning, is a source of joy. We have put on Christ in Baptism and the habit can remind us of our present union with him” (Ch. 15). We ask you to join with us in praying for Sean’s continued discernment.
On Sundays during Lent, Brothers will be praying the rosary in the Lady Chapel, beginning at 3:00 PM and concluding in time for Evening Prayer. You are most welcome to join us in this ancient method of pondering the mysteries of Christ’s life in anticipation of the Feast of the Resurrection. During Lent, the focus will be on the Sorrowful Mysteries. Rosaries, and simple instructions on how to use this form of prayer, will be available. In case you haven’t looked at them recently, the windows in the Lady Chapel depict the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries of the rosary. One of the members of our community, Father Roland Palmer, SSJE wrote a hymn, Sing of Mary, which is a meditation on the Rosary. An abbreviated form of this hymn can be found in the Hymnal 1982, hymn #277. Sundays in Lent
God willing, on Sunday, 4 March at 4 PM we will Clothe Sean Glenn as a Novice in our community in the context of Evening Prayer. This is a significant event in the life of a Brother and for the Community. Our Rule of Life reminds us that the novitiate is a time of progressive initiation into the life of the community. Novices are putting their vocation to the test of experience. We rejoice that Sean is taking this next step in this path of conversion of life. Please remember Sean in your prayers, and join us for his Clothing. Please also continue to pray for the gift of vocations to our community.
The Brothers’ Lenten program, Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John, is now underway. Are you following the daily readings and videos? This third week, we take up the theme “God is Love.” Click here to see a compilation of the third week’s videos. We hope this compilation will help you to catch up on any videos you might have missed, as well as to provide an easy way to share the week’s videos in a group. We’d love to know how this week goes for you!