On Thursdays in Lent we invite you to join us in an offering of Silence and Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament from Saint John’s chapel between 5:15 and 5:45 pm. Evensong will follow at 6 pm.

The open Tabernacle in St. John’s chapel where the reserved Sacrament is kept in order to communicate those who need Communion as well as is a symbol of Jesus presence among us.

Stuff sputters in our heads. Like corn kernels popping out, into, over, and beyond the bowl, words, thoughts, and information pop, pop, pop. Emotions roll back and forth, bumping into each other. Sadness sighs and sags. Anger flares up. Fear fidgets, fingering wounds, circling questions, pushing to fight or flee. All the more so now, stuff sputters from pandemic-related grief, trauma, and weariness. We are holding so much. Life is hard, and it can be hard to pray.

Often, we keep the stuff sputtering inside our heads as with a tight mental lid: separating it from the rest of the body. About five years ago, I began practicing InterPlay, a system of facilitated group improv movement and storytelling. It’s a bit like recovery for serious people, helping us relearn how to play and connect with our whole bodies. I have been learning about that tight metal lid and opening it to witness and release what comes out.  Read More

The Prayer I Need This Day

After the last year in which churches around the world have been closed and congregations scattered, the SSJE Brothers invite you to “Come, Pray.” Join us in the receiving the daily gift of prayer – at home or wherever you find yourself. Across the weeks of Lent, listen in as Brothers discuss the rich and varied ways we pray, together in church and in our personal prayer. Then join us for worship, exploring a rich array of live-streamed services, culminating in the glories of Holy Week. “Come, pray in me the prayer I need this day.”

The series is centered on a weekly 20-minute video and invites participants to explore and experience diverse prayer practices alongside the Brothers through joining our regular, live-streamed worship, special services, and online teachings.

To sign up for the weekly email: SSJE.org/subscribe and select “Monastic Wisdom for everyday living“. (Please note: if you are already subscribed to the Brothers email, you do not need to resubscribe)

This eight-week retreat and course of study will provide an overview of the Gospel of John and introduce participants to its major themes.

The Fourth Gospel is at the heart of the “Johannine spirituality” lived by the Brothers of the Society of St John the Evangelist. It is a spirituality of love and intimacy, of abiding in Jesus and in the Father, of laying down of one’s life in service of others, of being sent into the world to reveal God ‘s love to those who don’t yet know it, and of witnessing to what we have seen and heard so that others may find the joy and love that God so wants to give them.

More information and to register: SSJE.org/prayingjohn

Longing but unable to welcome you for worship ‘in person’, we invite you to ‘come gaze at the Word made flesh’ with us in a meditative walk round the Monastery Creche in this video link.

Come gaze at the Word Made Flesh.

Oh, come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant.
Oh, come ye, oh come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold him, born the King of angels;
Oh, come, let us adore him;
Oh, come, let us adore him;
Oh, come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord.

Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem carved this olivewood set. Each year we invite guests to come look at it after services, to look from several angles, and to bend down to see it up close. We Brothers are pleased to share it with you.

Tuesday, December 22

5:30 pm            Holy Eucharist

Wednesday, December 23

6:00 pm           Evensong

Thursday, December 24
Christmas Eve

6:00 pm           Evensong of Christmas Eve
9:30 pm           Musical Prelude
10:00 pm         Holy Eucharist of Christmas Eve

Friday, December 25
Christmas Day

5:00 pm               Evensong of Christmas Day

Saturday, December 26

Sabbath. No public worship

Sunday, December 27
First Sunday after Christmas

9:00 am             Holy Eucharist
4:00 pm             Evening Prayer

Monday, December 28

Sabbath. No public worship

Tuesday, December 29
St. Stephen (transferred)

6:00 pm           Evensong

Wednesday, December 30
St. John the Evangelist (transferred)

6:00 pm           Evensong

Thursday, December 31
Holy Innocents (Transferred)

6:00 pm             Evening Prayer

Friday, January 1
Holy Name

4:00 pm           Evensong

Saturday, January 2

Sabbath. No Public Worship

Sunday, January 3

9:00 am             Holy Eucharist

Monday, January 4 through Friday, January 8

No Public Worship

Saturday, January 9

6:00 pm           Evensong

Sunday, January 10
The Baptism of Our Lord 

9:00 am            Holy Eucharist
4:00 pm            Evensong

Monday, January 11

Sabbath. No Public Worship

Tuesday, January 12

Resume regular live streaming schedule

Tues-Saturday, 6 pm Evensong;
Tues, Thursday, Friday 8:30 pm Compline;
Sunday 9 am Holy Eucharist; 4 pm Evensong

Dear Friends, Br. Lucas will be giving an address to the National Cathedral in Washington via Zoom as a part of their Advent series, we invite you to join tonight.

From the National Cathedral:

“Making Room—Allow Christ to be Reborn in you this Christmas”

It’s that most wonderful time of the year – except when it’s not. Whether from the pandemic, the election or racial unrest, we’re all feeling a little depleted this holiday season. If you’re looking to recharge your spiritual batteries, join us on Wednesday evenings during Advent for ways we can all use to make room in our hearts for Christ at Christmas. We’ll end each meditation with a brief service of Compline accompanied by music.

Speakers include the Rev. Dr. Renita Weems, an Old Testament biblical scholar, renowned preacher and author, and co-pastor of Ray of Hope Church in Nashville; Ms. Debie Thomas of the Palo Alto, CA, the Vicar’s favorite spiritual writer who blogs at the webzine Journey with Jesus; Brother Lucas Hall of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist in Boston; Sister BJ Brown, the Prior of the Whitby Priory of the Anamchara Fellowship in Wilmington, DE, and Chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Beth Faulk Glover, an Episcopal Priest who was on the front lines during the Covid crisis at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital system in New York City.

More detail and register here:
Webinar Registration

We invite you to explore the Fall 2020 issue of Cowley Magazine, which takes up the topic of Answering God’s Call. We hope that, in these pages, you will discover an underlying wisdom which you can adopt as you make your own prudent and wise decisions in the uncertain, challenging days and months ahead.

Explore the online magazine, view selected articles, or download a PDF.

We’d love to know your thoughts about this issue of Cowley. Leave a comment here.

(Group A) Tuesdays 7:15-8:15pm
September 22, September 29, October 6,  October 13.

(Group B) Thursdays 2-3pm
September 24, September 31, October 8, October 15.

Gather with Br. Luke in a one-hour group Zoom session weekly to refresh and expand your prayer. Through interactive group sessions in tandem with individual learning and practice, we’ll get out of our often too-serious and word-filled heads, move, create and see, imagine, and linger with God. With childlike freedom, we’ll practice deep breaths, simple movements, and creative formats to pray your life.

We will mail a couple materials, so give a postal address at registration.

September 22, 24           Introduction followed by individual learning and practice
September 29, 31            Group sharing followed by individual learning and practice
October 6, 8                     Group sharing followed by individual learning and practice
October 13, 15                  Group sharing and conclusion

Time commitment: 3+ hours per week for 4 weeks

Note: choose one for the entirety of the series.

Group A: Tuesday evenings, starting September 22
Group B: Thursday afternoon, starting September 24

Embodied Prayer 

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