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Saturday Evensong

Evening Prayer has been described as one of the glories of Anglicanism. On Saturday evenings, the community sings Evening Prayer at 6:00 PM. 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?

Congratulations Brother David

Our Brother David Allen celebrates two significant anniversaries next week. On Wednesday, 19 December he celebrates his 89th birthday and on Friday, 21 December (the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle) he celebrates the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Following the Eucharist on Sunday, 16 December there will be a reception in his honor. Please help to celebrate these milestones in Brother David’s life.

Advent Observances: Wreath

The Advent Wreath, which by its nature is circular in form, reminds us that God’s love is endless, having no beginning or end. The greenery is a sign of hope, renewal and new life, especially at a time of year when everything seems to be dead and decaying. The four candles, a new one lit each week, marking the four Sundays of Advent, are visible reminders that as the darkness of the world (literally, as well as figuratively) descends upon us, that darkness cannot overcome the light which Christ brought into the world through His incarnation.

The wrought iron stand for the Advent Wreath was commissioned by the community as a memorial to our brother, John Goldring SSJE. During Easter, it can be converted into a stand for the Paschal Candle.

O Radiant Light: Come and Enlighten Us

Tuesday December 11 is the second sermon in our Advent preaching series during the 5:30 PM Holy Eucharist. The series’ theme is Lord Jesus, Come Soon. Br. Curtis Almquist will be preaching on “O Radiant Light: Come and enlighten us.” A soup and bread supper will follow, with focused conversation about the sermon. Please invite family and friends to join you here the Monastery for this sermon series. It’s a great way to introduce people to the Monastery.

Listen to or read Br. Jim’s sermon on “O Wisdom” from last week. 

And mark your calendars for the final sermon in the series: Tuesday, 18 December: Br Geoffrey Tristram: O Root of Jesse: Come and deliver us

Advent Observances: Sarum Blue

Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical new and is a time when we ponder the coming of Christ in time, as the Babe of Bethlehem, and at the end of time as our Judge and Redeemer. The word advent comes to us from the Latin meaning to come.

As way to mark this season of expectation and hope, we wear blue vestments. This is a recovery of an ancient English tradition stemming from Salisbury Cathedral, and so it is referred to as sarum blue. (Sarum being the ancient Latin name for Salisbury.) While the deep blue conveys a feeling of solemnity, because of its association with the Blessed Virgin Mary, it also conveys the Advent themes of hope and expectation. On the Third Sunday of Advent, we see hints of pink on the vestments, marking that Sunday as Gaudete Sunday, reflecting the opening words of the ancient introit appointed for the day: Rejoice in the Lord, always!

O Wisdom: Come and teach us

Tomorrow, Tuesday December 4, is the first day in our Advent preaching series during the 5:30 PM Holy Eucharist. The series’ theme is Lord Jesus, Come Soon. December 4, Br. Jim Woodrum will be preaching on “O Wisdom: Come and teach us.” A soup and bread supper will follow on each of those evenings, with focused conversation about the sermon. Please invite family and friends to join you here the Monastery for this sermon series. It’s a great way to introduce people to the Monastery.

Tuesday, 4 December: Br Jim Woodrum:    O Wisdom: Come and teach us

Tuesday, 11 December: Br Curtis Almquist:   O Radiant Light: Come and enlighten us

Tuesday, 18 December: Br Geoffrey Tristram: O Root of Jesse: Come and deliver us

Praying the Rosary

On Sundays during Advent (2, 9, 16 December) a group of 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 the Brothers in this ancient method of pondering the mysteries of Christ’s life, in anticipation of the Feast of the Incarnation. 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.

Advent Preaching Series

We will be holding an Advent preaching series on the first three Tuesdays during Advent (4, 11, 18 December), during the 5:30 PM Holy Eucharist. The theme is Lord Jesus, Come Soon. A soup and bread supper will follow on each of those evenings, with focused conversation about the sermon. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us. Cards advertising this sermon series at the back of the Chapel. Please take several and invite family and friends to join you here the Monastery for this sermon series. It’s a great way to introduce people to the Monastery.

Tuesday, 4 December: Br Jim Woodrum:O Wisdom: Come and teach us

Tuesday, 11 December: Br Curtis Almquist: O Radiant Light: Come and enlighten us

Tuesday, 18 December: Br Geoffrey Tristram: O Root of Jesse: Come and deliver us

AdventWord Starting December 2

Our friends at Virginia Theological Seminary – who are now offering AdventWord – warmly invite you to participate in a global gathering of prayers via an online advent calendar. During Advent, a daily email featuring the #AdventWord of the day will go out at 5 a.m. each day, and respondents are encouraged to share their responses to the meditations and images on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. (Please note this is now a separate email offering from Brother, Give Us a Word.) You can also visit www.adventword.org, for a collection of each day’s contributed images and prayers. This year, meditations will also be available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese (Traditional), German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish available via email with and ASL videos via YouTube and on www.adventword.org.

Join an international community in prayer to explore the mystery and wonder of Advent!

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