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Guesthouse & Chapel Closed: Easter Week

The Guesthouse and Chapel will be closed from after Evening Prayer on Easter Day (1 April) until before Evening Prayer on the Saturday in Easter Week (7 April). There will be no public liturgies that week (including on Tuesday). We will re-open the Chapel in time for Evening Prayer on Saturday, 7 April.

Guest Preacher: The Most Revd Frank Griswold

Tuesday night we welcomed The Most Revd Frank Griswold as our Preacher and Presider at the Eucharist. Bishop Griswold is the former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church; a long-time friend of the Society’s; a member of the Fellowship of Saint John; and currently serves as our Bishop Visitor. He is with us this week making his annual official visitation of the Community.

No Compline: March 22

Please note that we will not be praying Compline in the Monastery Chapel on Thursday, March 22. The Chapel will reopen for Morning Prayer on Friday, March 23.  Thank you for your understanding.

Congratulations, Sean!

What a joy on Sunday, March 4, to celebrate the clothing of Sean Glenn as a novice in our community. As we say about the habit in our Rule, “This clothing, dense with meaning, is a source of joy.  We have put on Christ in Baptism and the habit can remind us of our present union with him” (Ch. 15). We ask you to join with us in praying for Sean’s continued discernment.

Holy Week at the Monastery

The Sunday of the Passion:
Palm Sunday – March 25

6:30 am – Morning Prayer
9:00 am – Blessing of Palms & Holy Eucharist
12:30 pm – Noonday Prayer
4:00 pm – Evening Prayer

Monday in Holy Week – March 26
The chapel is closed.

Tuesday in Holy Week – March 27

6:00 am – Morning Prayer
12:30 pm – Noonday Prayer
5:30 pm – Holy Eucharist

Wednesday in Holy Week – March 28

6:00 am – Morning Prayer
12:30 pm – Holy Eucharist
7:30 pm – Tenebrae

Thursday in Holy Week – March 29

6:00 am – Morning Prayer
12:30 pm – Noonday Prayer
7:30 pm – Holy Eucharist with Foot-washing
9:00 pm-7:00 am – Watch before the Reserved Sacrament

Good Friday – March 30

7:30 am – Morning Prayer
3:00-4:30 pm – Reconciliation of Penitents
(Individual confessions heard in the chapel)
7:30 pm – Liturgy of the Passion and Holy Communion

Holy Saturday – March 31

7:30 am – Morning Prayer
12:30 pm – Liturgy of the Word
6:00 pm – Evening Prayer

Sunday of the Resurrection:
Easter Day – April 1

4:30 am – The Great Vigil of Easter
10:00 am – Holy Eucharist
1:00 pm – Noonday Prayer
5:00 pm – Evening Prayer

I Have Called You Friends

My Brothers and I are grateful for your companionship during this season of Lent as we reflect on Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John. The prayers and personal reflections which many have shared during the series have enhanced the experience and we thank everyone who is joining us for this study.

We are also thankful for the prayers and gifts you offer us, which sustain our lives and help enable us to share these offerings with people all over the world. Your kindness weaves a tapestry of mutual support and encouragement, which is very much a part of our Rule of Life.

Please consider a gift, as you are able. And know of our prayers for you as together, we seek to meet Jesus in every aspect of our lives.


Br. James Koester SSJE

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Praying the Rosary: Sundays in Lent

On Sundays during Lent, 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 us 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. Sundays in Lent

3/6: First Tuesday Soup and Bread Supper

The next First Tuesday Soup and Bread Supper following the 5:30 PM Eucharist will be on Tuesday, 6 March. Please join us for a simple supper with informal conversation, after the Eucharist, and invite some friends to come along. It’s a great way to introduce people to the Monastery

March 4: The Clothing of a Novice

God willing, on Sunday, 4 March at 4 PM we will Clothe Sean Glenn as a Novice in our community in the context of Evening Prayer. This is a significant event in the life of a Brother and for the Community. Our Rule of Life reminds us that the novitiate is a time of progressive initiation into the life of the community. Novices are putting their vocation to the test of experience. We rejoice that Sean is taking this next step in this path of conversion of life. Please remember Sean in your prayers, and join us for his Clothing. Please also continue to pray for the gift of vocations to our community.

Lent Offering Week Three: “Close to the Father’s Heart”

The Brothers’ Lenten program, Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John, is now underway. Are you following the daily readings and videos? This third week, we take up the theme “God is Love.” Click here to see a compilation of the third week’s videos. We hope this compilation will help you to catch up on any videos you might have missed, as well as to provide an easy way to share the week’s videos in a group. We’d love to know how this week goes for you!