We Brothers welcome you to a share one of our daily practices: listening to and reflecting on a chapter of our Rule of Life.

In addition the Brothers have a series of other resources that we hope might be helpful to you in exploring living with a Rule.

Living Intentionally: Creating a Rule of Life

We invite you to download our Living Intentionally Workbook for Creating a Personal Rule of Life. Walk with Br. David Vryhof step-by-step through the process of writing your own Rule.

A Framework for Freedom:

We invite you to discover the freedom that comes from living by a rule of life, by journeying through “A Framework for Freedom,” a 7-week self-guided video course to help you say “Yes” to your life.  Watch the series now.  Subscribe to a daily email.

In Lent 2012, we preached a series on the challenges and rewards of living by a rule of life. Drawing on chapters from SSJE’s Rule. Read and listen to the sermons.

A Living Tradition:

Each day of Lent 2011, we posted a short “living commentary” on our Rule, with a Brother or two offering his unique perspective on the document which shapes and forms our prayer and practice more than any other apart from Scripture and The Book of Common PrayerTo read that conversation, click here.


We Brothers welcome you to a share one of our daily practices: listening to and reflecting on a chapter of our Rule of Life.

  • To listen to the SSJE Rule of Life, read aloud by a brother, click on the chapters to the left.
  • To read a Guide to Personal Reflection, click here
  • To Subscribe to the SSJE Rule of Life, click the subscribe buttons on the left.
  • We welcome comments on each chapter.
  • To purchase a copy of the book The Rule of Life, click here

The audio book, The Twelve Days of Christmas, is read by Br. Curtis Almquist and accompanied by carols sung by the Brothers.

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. This audio book is not a bah humbug about Christmas customs and presents.

This 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. Readers are invited to unwrap gifts that will last, praying the twelve days of Christmas.

Fear is not a sign of the absence of God. In our fear we rather find the bidding presence of God. Our fear most often arises out of something that is bigger than we are, and we find that in and of ourselves, there isn’t enough – not enough energy, or patience, or hope, or encouragement, or provision. We come up short. Where is God in your fear? What is the invitation from God in your fear?

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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Prayer is one of the ways we restore dignity to the least, the last, and the lost. Prayer restores the dignity of order over disorder, the dignity of wholeness over demons, the dignity of health over disease, the dignity of life over death, In prayer, we are engaged in a political activity, for we seek to further God’s work of redemption by offering our love in inter_cessory prayer and action, to be used by God for the healing and transformation of creation. By its nature, then, prayer for others, and ourselves, is political because we are asking God to intervene with power in a particular situation.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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Jesus’ compassion was also controversial. The ways Jesus reached out to others, and the others to whom he reached out, shocked the righteous people of his day and scandalized them. Our strong human inclination is to associate primarily with those who think like us, dress like us, and act like us. Jesus invites us to go outside our comfort zone and to risk opening our lives to those we might be tempted to think of as “unrighteous” or “sinners.” God’s embrace is wide enough for us all.

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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Just like those athletes entrusted with the Olympic torch for their small section of the journey, each one of us is entrusted with the Gospel for these few years, within the whole history of the Christian church. Our faithfulness in this will have an effect on future generations to come.

-Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE

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Even if, by grace, beauty and goodness pour forth from our life and worship of God, it will not be of our own making; we will not own it. Such blessing is given to us so that we might gratuitously give it away.

-Br. Sean Glenn, SSJE

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Musical Selections & Psalms for Daily Evensong

22 September Tuesday, St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
Phos Brothers alone, Like incense
Hymn H82 #706 In your mercy, Lord, you called me
Psalms: 110:1—5, 7; 113; 116:9—17; 126

23 September Wednesday, Feria
Phos H82 #538 God of mercy, God of grace God of mercy, God of grace
Hymn H82 #295 Sing praise to our Creator
Psalms: 136, 137

24 September Thursday, Feria
Phos H82 S 59 O gracious Light
Hymn H82 #531 O Spirit of the living God
Psalms: 140, 141, 142

25 September Friday, Sergius
Phos H82 #30 O Trinity of blessed light
Hymn H82 #665 All my hope on God is founded
Psalms: 143, 144

26 September Saturday, First Evensong of the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
See PDF below….

27 September Sunday, The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Phos H82 #36 O gladsome Light
Hymn H82 #694 God be in my head
Psalms: 110, 111, 112, 113

H28 = The Hymnal 1982

WLP = Wonder, Love, and Praise


Revere your body. Your body is the edifice in which you have have entered life, in which you have been shaped and formed in life, in which you practice life, in which you will part from this life. Treat your body kindly, attentively, respectfully, peacefully, gently, gratefully, lovingly, in a holy way. You are precious in God’s eyes, and God embodies you. You are God’s temple.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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Walking along, likely amid a crowd asking questions, Jesus saw Matthew. Jesus paid attention to the periphery and saw those looked down on or overlooked. Matthew, an outcast seen and invited in, experienced Jesus’ mercy. How do we learn mercy? Look widely. Pay attention not only to those close to you. Look to the periphery; see and welcome the outcast and stranger.

-Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE

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