We warmly invite you to join us tomorrow, Thursday 12/12, for a special service of contemplative Compline. Doors open at 7:30pm; the service begins at 8pm. You’re welcome to share with us in thirty minutes of silent contemplation before and following the service. Invite a friend to join you for this rich, candle-lit service: an invitation to sink into beauty, silence, and contemplation.
We are delighted by the successful launch of our contemplative Compline series last night. A hearty number – full of new faces – joined the Brothers in the darkened chapel, lit by many candles, when the chapel gates opened at 7:30pm. We shared quiet meditation time as more visitors arrived. The service began at 8pm and ran for 30 minutes of beautiful music, followed by another 30 minutes of quiet mediation time. Many stayed to soak in the atmosphere of beauty and peace. We hope you’ll mark your calendar to join us for two further special services of Compline, the Thursdays in Advent: December 12 and December 19.
Thursday, 8 PM
December 5, 12 & 19
For centuries, monks have been gathering to chant their bedtime prayers in a service known as Compline (from the Latin word meaning ‘complete’). The Brothers of SSJE invite you to our monastery chapel to experience a special contemplative Compline on Thursday evenings during the season of Advent.
The service begins at 8 PM and is preceded and followed by 30 minutes of quiet meditation by candlelight.
The toughest of the three monastic vows, obedience is not about hazing others into conformity, nor infantilizing grown adults, nor abdicating personal responsibility, but about discovering the freedom to be fully alive. Br. Curtis Almquist invites us all to embrace this rich fare for our souls.
Explore the topic of obedience through Curtis’ reflection, suggested practices, reflection questions, and further resources. Read more >
Next week we will be working on our Lenten 2020 video offering, Signs of Life, in which we will explore the riches of our worship traditions, liturgy and sacraments, and the art and architecture of our worship spaces, revealing the full meaning of these signs, deepening our experience of Christian vocation and guiding us toward ongoing conversion.
This will mean a number of changes in our liturgical schedule for next week:
On Tuesday, 16 July, Dr. Lisa Kimball, Associate Dean of Lifelong Learning at VTS will be our guest preacher.
The Rev. Becky Zartman will be preaching a homily at both our morning and noonday services Wednesday through Friday.
On Wednesday, 17 July, the Eucharist will be celebrated at 8:00 AM and the Noonday Office prayed at 12:30 PM.
As part of the video offering, we will be video recording many of the services next week.
If you would prefer not to be included in the filming, please sit in the ante chapel.
Three seminarians lived alongside the Brothers at the Monastery this summer, sharing in worship, work, meals, study and discussion, and the enjoyment of life together. Pictured are Donna Hines (Virginia Theological Seminary), and Jim Corcoran and Mary Beth Mills-Curran (both from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University).
We are delighted that our Brother Keith Nelson made his Life Profession in our Community on Saturday. Please take a moment to congratulate Keith and pray for his ministry in our Community. To read or listen to Br. James’ sermon, preached on the occasion, click here: Why Monks Matter