Following up on last week’s suggestion for how we can experience the gifts of retreat at home, today we want to share some practical suggestions for how to cooperate with God in planning retreat time. (Less is more.) We hope these suggestions will set the stage, so that you can receive God’s gift of love in a time of retreat, even a retreat-in-place. Read more >.
In this season of staying at home, what might it look to take time to stop, be still, and listen to God? What might it be like to take a retreat at home? For those struggling with added work and stress, or those seeking meaningful ways to fill their time, Br. Luke Ditewig offers guidance for how we can experience the gifts of retreat during this challenging time >
In an article in the most recent issue of Cowley Magazine, Br. Sean Glenn proposes: “We are each a word and a song of God.” What song are you offering in these challenging times? He writes, “An occasion spent immersed in music can tantalize unexpected gratitude out from under a grief-stricken or cynical heart.” How might music speak to your soul, and help your soul to speak, today? Read Br. Sean’s article >
Beauty is not a veneer. Beauty is not entertainment, nor a lovely distraction, nor the domain of the privileged. Beauty is essential for life. Beauty is of the essence of God.
Might beauty be a balm to you during these strange, challenging days? In the most recent issue of Cowley magazine, Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to explore the beauty of holiness and the holiness of beauty. We invite you to explore the article and how beauty can help us to pray our life – in its blessings and its challenges. Read the article >
The Great Vigil of Easter is the most solemn and ancient liturgy of the entire year. It is the culmination of Lent and Holy Week, and the Triduum. Listen to excerpts from the celebration of Sunday of the Resurrection at the Monastery >
Good Friday marks the second day of the Triduum (from the Latin for ‘three days’), the day on which we commemorate the Lord’s crucifixion and death. The worship offered at the Monastery is in fact a continuation of the liturgy begun last night and it will not ‘end’ until the Great Vigil of Easter. Listen to excerpts from the Good Friday liturgy >
During this Holy Week when our churches are closed and many Christians cannot worship in community, we Brothers are pleased to be able to share our corporate worship with the world. Many thanks to the Diocese of Massachusetts for recording the Maundy Thursday service from the Monastery Chapel. In addition to the traditional liturgy of the footwashing, the video features Br. James Koester preaching. View the full liturgy >
At this time when the Monastery Chapel is closed, the Brothers invite you to join us online on Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 pm, when we will be audio-streaming the ancient monastic office of Tenebrae, a service that derives from the monastic services of matins and lauds. This liturgy is a choral offering, with chanted psalms and canticles set to plainsong and chanted lessons from the Lamentations of Jeremiah (in which each verse is introduced by a letter of the Hebrew alphabet). As you listen along, you might light a candle, allowing its light to inspire your meditation. Join us online >