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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.

Faith Formation for Lent

This year, for Lent, we have four different web-based formation programs available for you to explore:

Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

5 Marks of Love

Growing A Rule of Life

It’s Time To …

Each of these is available free of charge online. They are easy to use on your own, or you may want to invite a few friends to participate in them with you. Workbooks, facilitation support, and additional materials are all available. We hope you’ll join us for one of these series this year!

Life Profession of Brother Nicholas Bartoli

We are delighted to announce that Brother Nicholas made his Life Profession in our Society on Saturday, 23 February. By our calculation, Nicholas is the 209th person to make his life profession in our community! Please join with us in giving thanks for this joyous event and praying for Nicholas’ continued growth and ministry with SSJE.

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.

Life Profession: Br. Nicholas

Life Profession of Brother Nicholas Bartoli

We are delighted to announce that Brother Nicholas Bartoli will make his Life Profession in our Society on Saturday, 23 February at 11:00 AM. All are welcome to attend. Please plan to join us for that wonderful occasion!

Dr. Patrick Hornbeck Visits

Dr. Patrick Hornbeck was with the SSJE Brothers at the Monastery January 3-5 to discuss “The Question of Religious Freedom in America,” beginning with Thomas Jefferson up to the present. Patrick is a friend of SSJE and a Professor and Chair, the School of Theology at Fordham University, New York City.

Epiphany Traditions

There are a number of traditions associated with the Feast of the Epiphany. In some places a Kings’ Cake in served in which are hidden two beans. Those who find the beans become the king and queen of the feast. Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night takes place at Epiphany. House blessings are also a traditional event during Epiphany, and it is the custom in some places to bless chalk at the end of the Eucharist, so that people can take some home and write over their doors 20+C+M+B+19. The 20+19 stands for the year, and the C+M+B is either short for Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar, the names which tradition gives to the Magi, or Christus Mansionem Benedicat which is Latin for May Christ Bless this House. You may want to google Blessing of Chalk or Chalking of Houses and find prayers to use at home for this form of house blessing. Another custom associated with Epiphany is the Announcement of Easter, when the date of Easter, and the various moveable feasts determined by the date on which Easter falls, was announced to the congregation. In some places this Announcement was sung to a tone similar to the Easter Exsultet. While this tradition comes from a time before everyone had access to a calendar, it remains a helpful reminder of the centrality of the Resurrection to our faith and the cycle of feasts and fasts that are determined by the date of Easter.

Twelve Days of Christmas Audio Book

This year, we Brothers hope you’ll join us in celebrating Christmas for twelve days by exploring an audio book by Br. Curtis Almquist on The Twelve Days of Christmas. This audio book, read by Br. Curtis and accompanied by carols sung by the Brothers, is not a bah humbug about Christmas customs and presents. It is an invitation to go deeper than the tinsel and wrappings, beyond the presents given and received, to the source of all the good gifts in life. Listen to the introduction >

Each day in Christmastide (starting Dec. 26), we will invite you to unwrap the next chapter and to join us in reflecting on the good gifts that God gives us. If you subscribe to “Brother, Give Us a Word,” look for each day’s chapter at the bottom of your daily email during the twelve days of Christmas. We hope this book will provide an anchor of joy and serenity during this Christmas season.

Christmastide Worship Schedule

Our complete listing of services for Christmastide is now online. Please consult the schedule for all the services we are offering during this festive and sacred season. We invite you to join us as often as you can! Please also feel free to invite family and friends to join you here for Christmas. We count on you, our friends, to make our presence known in the local community.

Christmastide Schedule >

Advent Observances: Eucharistic Prayer

The Eucharistic Prayer we will use on Sundays and Tuesdays in Advent is one of the new Eucharistic Prayers of the Episcopal Church. The language of the prayer is rooted in the wisdom language of Scripture, and while the identification of Jesus as the eternal Word and Wisdom of God is perhaps unfamiliar to us, it is evident in the New Testament and the writings of the Early Church. Note that the Memorial Acclamation (Dying, you destroyed our death…)and the concluding congregational sung doxology (Blessed are you now and forever. Amen.) are different than what we are used to. The words and music for them can be found in the service part of the bulletin.