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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.

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.