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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).

Chapel Closure

The Monastery Chapel closes following Evensong on Sunday, July 28th.

The Chapel re-opens with Evensong on Saturday, August 31st.

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

Evening Prayer in Lent

Evening Prayer (Evensong) has often rightly, been described as one of the glories of Anglicanism. The community sings Evening Prayer at 6:00 PM Wednesday through Saturday and 4:00 PM on Sunday. During Lent, there are special hymns and antiphons for the Psalms and the Magnificat (Song of Mary), which reflect the season. Saturday Evening Prayer is especially beautiful. Why not make attending Evening Prayer on Saturday, or one other evening during the week, one of the ways in which you prepare for Easter?

Praying the Rosary

On Sundays during Lent, some Brothers will be praying the rosary in the Lady Chapel, beginning at 3:00 PM and concluding in time for Evening Prayer. You are welcome to join them 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.

Schedule Change: 22-23 February

Please note a few changes to our ordinary schedule as we prepare to celebrate Br. Nicholas Bartoli’s Profession in Life Vows:

2/22:  No Compline
2/23:  Br. Nicholas’ Profession at 11 am; No Noonday prayer; No Compline

We hope that you will be able to join us at 11 am on Saturday, the 23rd, and will keep Br. Nicholas in your prayers as this joyful day approaches.