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Evening Prayer in Lent

Evening Prayer (Evensong) has often rightly, been described as one of the glories of Anglicanism. The community sings Evening Prayer at 6:00 PM Wednesday through Saturday and 4:00 PM on Sunday. During Lent, there are special hymns and antiphons for the Psalms and the Magnificat (Song of Mary), which reflect the season. Saturday Evening Prayer is especially beautiful. Why not make attending Evening Prayer on Saturday, or one other evening during the week, one of the ways in which you prepare for Easter?

Upcoming Workshop

Praying our Common Life: Prayer Book Spirituality and Practice
Saturday, 23 March 2019

The Book of Common Prayeris one of the major gifts of the Anglican tradition to the Body of Christ. It is a valuable resource for common worship, but also for person prayer. This workshop provides an introduction to the Prayer Book, an exploration of its spirituality, and practical guidance for its use. If you are a life-long Episcopalian or a newcomer to the Anglican tradition, this workshop is for you! Join Brothers Jonathan and Sean in exploring how this rich spiritual storehouse might enhance and deepen your own life of prayer, worship and service. For more information or to register online go to SSJE.org/workshop

Schedule Change: 3/12-3/13

The next retreat day for the Community will be on Wednesday, 13 March. On our retreat days, the liturgical schedule is abbreviated. We do not pray Compline publicly the night before (12 March), and nor do we pray Morning Prayer or Compline publicly on the retreat day itself. However, we do celebrate the Eucharist and pray Evening Prayer as normal (at 12:30 PM and 6:00 PM respectively).

Praying the Rosary

On Sundays during Lent, some Brothers will be praying the rosary in the Lady Chapel, beginning at 3:00 PM and concluding in time for Evening Prayer. You are welcome to join them 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.

Faith Formation for Lent

This year, for Lent, we have four different web-based formation programs available for you to explore:

Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

5 Marks of Love

Growing A Rule of Life

It’s Time To …

Each of these is available free of charge online. They are easy to use on your own, or you may want to invite a few friends to participate in them with you. Workbooks, facilitation support, and additional materials are all available. We hope you’ll join us for one of these series this year!

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday this year is Wednesday, 6 March. There will be two celebrations of the Eucharist, with Imposition of Ashes that day, at 8:00 AM and 12: 30 PM. Please join us for either liturgy, as we begin our journey from ashes to Easter.

Soup and Bread Supper: 3/5

The next First Tuesday Soup and Bread Supperwill be on Tuesday, 5 March. Please join us in the Undercroft following that evening’s service, for supper with informal conversation. Invite a friend to join you! This is a great way to introduce people to the Monastery.

Life Profession of Brother Nicholas Bartoli

We are delighted to announce that Brother Nicholas made his Life Profession in our Society on Saturday, 23 February. By our calculation, Nicholas is the 209th person to make his life profession in our community! Please join with us in giving thanks for this joyous event and praying for Nicholas’ continued growth and ministry with SSJE.

Schedule Change: 22-23 February

Please note a few changes to our ordinary schedule as we prepare to celebrate Br. Nicholas Bartoli’s Profession in Life Vows:

2/22:  No Compline
2/23:  Br. Nicholas’ Profession at 11 am; No Noonday prayer; No Compline

We hope that you will be able to join us at 11 am on Saturday, the 23rd, and will keep Br. Nicholas in your prayers as this joyful day approaches.