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Tomorrow: Advent Compline

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.

Advent Compline Underway

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.

Advent Compline

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.

Obedience

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 >

Summer Seminarians

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).

Guest Preacher

Our Bishop Visitor and the former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Most Reverend Frank Griswold will be our Guest Preacher and Presider on Tuesday, 14 May at the 5:30 PM Eucharist. Please join us in welcoming Bishop Griswold to the Monastery that evening.

You’re Invited: FSJ Day

We warmly invite you to join us for a festive Eucharist for Saint John’s Day:

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
Presider: Br. James Koester, SSJE
Preacher: The Rev. Kenneth Poppe
A festive luncheon will be served in the Cloister Garden.

“For Our Sake”: Holy Week at the Monastery

Our Holy Week schedule is now available. We invite you to join us as often as you can.

The Sunday of the Passion:
Palm Sunday – April 14

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 – April 15

The chapel is closed.

Tuesday in Holy Week – April 16

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

Wednesday in Holy Week – April 17

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

Maundy Thursday– April 18

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 – April 19

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 – April 20

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

Sunday of the Resurrection:
Easter Day – April 21

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

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