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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 >

Advent Observances at the Monastery: Advent 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 again 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 a visible reminders that as the darkness of the world (literally) descends upon us, that darkness cannot overcome the light which Christ brought into the world through His incarnation.

Saturday Workshop: Disordered Attachments

On Saturday, 9 December from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM, Brother David Vryhof SSJE will be leading a workshop Disordered Attachments and Inner Freedom. A “disordered attachment” is the slippery slope of clinging to something – our appearance, reputation, money, status, eloquence, relationship(s), etc. – to determine our happiness. Life is precious and fleeting. Br. David will draw on Christian and Buddhist spirituality and developmental psychology to reflect on the inner freedom we need to be fully alive. To register, visit http://www.ssje.org/workshops or contact Chris in the Guesthouse office: (617) 876-3037, extension 10, or by e-mail guesthouse@ssje.org.

Advent Observances at the Monastery: Blue Vestments

Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical new year 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 at the Monastery. This is a recovery of an ancient English tradition stemming from Salisbury Cathedral, and so is sometimes 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 in 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!

Praying the Rosary: Sundays in Advent

Praying the Rosary: Beginning on Sunday, 3 December, as part of our Advent observance, on the first three Sundays of Advent, 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 for of this hymn can be found in the Hymnal 1982, hymn #277.

Christmastide at the Monastery, 2017-18

(major services)

Download as PDF: 2017 Christmas Services Schedule

Sunday, December 24
Christmas Eve
9:00 am Holy Eucharist (Advent IV)
6:00 pm Evensong of Christmas Eve
9:30 pm Musical Prelude
10:00 pm Holy Eucharist of Christmas Eve

Monday, December 25
Christmas Day
10:00 am Holy Eucharist of Christmas Day
5:00 pm Evensong of Christmas Day

Tuesday, December 26
No public worship

Wednesday, December 27
St. Stephen
12:30 pm Holy Eucharist
6:00 pm Evening Prayer

Thursday, December 28
St. John the Evangelist
8:00 am Holy Eucharist
6:00 pm Evening Prayer

Friday, December 29
Holy Innocents
8:00 am Holy Eucharist
6:00 pm Evening Prayer

Saturday, December 30
8:00 am Holy Eucharist
6:00 pm Evening Prayer

Sunday, December 31
First Sunday after Christmas
9:00 am Holy Eucharist
4:00 pm Evening Prayer

Monday, January 1
Holy Name
9:00 am Holy Eucharist

Tuesday, January 2
5:30 pm Holy Eucharist

Wednesday, January 3
12:30 pm Holy Eucharist
6:00 pm Evening Prayer

Thursday, January 4
8:00 am Holy Eucharist
6:00 pm Evensong

Friday, January 5
8:00 am Holy Eucharist
6:00 pm First Evensong of Epiphany

Saturday, January 6
The Epiphany of Our Lord
8:00 am Holy Eucharist
6:00 pm Evensong of the Epiphany

Sunday, January 7
The Baptism of Our Lord
9:00 am Holy Eucharist
4:00 pm Evening Prayer

First Tuesday Service & Supper

The next First Tuesday Soup and Bread Supper following the 5:30 PM Eucharist will be on Tuesday, 5 December. Please plan on joining us for a simple 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.

Join Us in Welcoming Kids for Peace-Boston

On Sunday, 19 November, we will welcome members of Kids for Peace-Boston along with some of their parents and mentors to the Sunday Eucharist. Kids for Peace is a program that brings together members of the Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities and helps them to grow in their understanding of one another. One of the ways they do this is to visit churches, synagogues and mosques to experience worship in different contexts. In the summer Kids for Peace – Boston sponsors a summer camp and hosts a Kids for Peace group from Israel/ Palestine. Following the Sunday Eucharist there will be a simple reception to welcome Kids for Peace – Boston. Please join us and say hello to our visitors.

Come Away & Rest Awhile

This week we’ve welcomed to our Guesthouse participants in Come Away, and Rest Awhile: A Week of Renewal for Clergy. Throughout the year our Guesthouse and Emery House are available for times of personal retreat and renewal. If you are looking for a quiet place to rest, pray, read and reconnect with God, please contact Chris in the Guesthouse office to schedule a time of personal retreat: (617) 876-3037, extension 10, or e-mail guesthouse@ssje.org.