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Br. Luke Ditewig joined representatives of other religious orders and Christian communities in Racine, WI for the annual meeting of CAROA (Conference of Anglican Religious Orders in America) / NAECC (National Association of Episcopal Christian Communities).

Monastic Wisdom: Humility

Check out the latest “Monastic Wisdom Monthly” to explore the topic of humility through Br. David’s reflection, suggested practices, reflection questions, and further resources. 

Humility has gotten bad press in the modern era. Too often, it has been associated with passivity, weakness, complacency, low self-esteem, or an unquestioning submission to authority. But true humility, as Jesus taught and modeled it, maintains a healthy balance between a proper self-esteem and an honest awareness and acceptance of our limitations, weaknesses, and faults. Br. David Vryhof explores this virtue that is at the heart of the monastic tradition, one which can help us to see the truth about ourselves and everyone else.

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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.

“Take Stock of the Journey”

We are honored to learn that Br. Geoffrey Tristram’s recent Monastic Wisdom reflection on pilgrimage was useful to Archbishop Fred Hiltz in framing his final address to the Council of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada earlier this month.

The Anglican Journal reports:

In his final address to Council of General Synod (CoGS) as primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz told the council to “take stock of the journey so far.” The primate’s talk covered topics including Indigenous self-determination, the proposed amendment to the marriage canon, discipleship and relationships with the wider Anglican Communion. He also acknowledged the concern caused by declines in church attendance and affirmed efforts to encourage a spirit of revival among Anglicans.

Hiltz framed his March 14 report to CoGS by reading from a reflection on pilgrimage, written by Br. Geoffrey Tristram, former superior of the order of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist. Quoting Tristram, Hiltz read: “One thing that can be very helpful as we press along this journey is to periodically stop and make a sort of map of the road we’ve travelled and the road ahead. Ultimately, we know that our destination is God, yet like any traveler pressing on along an unknown road, we may need to check in and reorient ourselves from time to time, to be sure that we haven’t taken off on the wrong path.”

Have you read Br. Geoffrey’s reflection yet? We hope its insights might be useful to you as you continue along your Lenten pilgrimage.

“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?

Upcoming Workshop

Praying our Common Life: Prayer Book Spirituality and Practice
Saturday, 23 March 2019

The Book of Common Prayeris one of the major gifts of the Anglican tradition to the Body of Christ. It is a valuable resource for common worship, but also for person prayer. This workshop provides an introduction to the Prayer Book, an exploration of its spirituality, and practical guidance for its use. If you are a life-long Episcopalian or a newcomer to the Anglican tradition, this workshop is for you! Join Brothers Jonathan and Sean in exploring how this rich spiritual storehouse might enhance and deepen your own life of prayer, worship and service. For more information or to register online go to SSJE.org/workshop

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.