Come, Pray

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.”

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Come Pray …

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.

Each Sunday, beginning February 14, 2021 we will send an email with a link to the week's video conversation and some resource notes to guide your prayer that week. 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.)

Week One: Praying Our Bodies

Br. Luke Ditewig and Br. Jim Woodrum discuss “Praying Our Bodies.”

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Week Two: Praying at Home

Br. James Koester and Br. Jack Crowley discuss “Praying at Home.”

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Week Three: Praying the Word

Br. David Vryhof and Br. Lucas Hall discuss “Praying the Word.”

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Praying the Rosary

At a moment when many of us are “heavy-laden,” the Rosary might be an inviting way to pray, especially in this season of Lent. We invite you to pray along with us, using this recording of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.

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Week Four: Praying the Sacrament

Br. Jim Woodrum and Br. Todd Blackham discuss “Praying the Sacrament.”

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Week Five: Praying the Psalms

Br. Jonathan Maury and Br. Sean Glenn discuss “Praying the Psalms.”

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Week Six: Praying Silence

Br. Nicholas Bartoli and Br. Keith Nelson discuss “Praying Silence.”

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Week Seven: Praying Holy Week

Br. James Koester and Br. Geoffrey Tristram on “Praying Holy Week.”

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Centering Prayer Teaching & Practice

Br. Nicholas Bartoli invites us to “do less” and let go, as we sit in silence, open to the loving presence of God. This teaching begins with some simple introduction and instruction, then Br. Nicholas invites us to share in a twenty-minute practice at the end

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39 Comments

  1. […] You can find out more, access the videos, and subscribe if you wish on their website: ssje.org/comepray […]

  2. Bobbi Fisher on February 15, 2021 at 15:16

    Just opening my hands is helping me to pray with my body. Thank you for bringing us together in community.

  3. David Reedy on February 15, 2021 at 13:21

    Creative and prayerful reflections thanks.

  4. Jennifer Lester on February 14, 2021 at 17:02

    Thank you for this and all your offerings, especially in this difficult time

  5. Margaret Dungan on February 13, 2021 at 11:11

    Margaret Dungan.

    I am very much looking forward to this Lent Program and I am very grateful to the Brothers for this gift.

    Margaret Dungan

  6. Jack H Haney + an ancient FellowSJE on January 12, 2021 at 17:50

    Yes. I always need this. I’m almost 83 and disabled and my need increases as I age.

  7. Mike Stevens on January 12, 2021 at 15:28

    Sounds embracing. Thank you for offering this.

  8. Judy Proctor on January 12, 2021 at 15:04

    This is just what I was looking for, but didn’t know it until you offered it! Many thanks.

  9. Joan todd on January 8, 2021 at 13:40

    What a Blessing this will be Thank you

  10. Sue V on January 7, 2021 at 10:43

    Look forward to this w/you. Prayer so needed, has been my sustainer in this time of my life. Thank you for offering this. Your daily emails are a real blessing.

  11. Leonard Dyer on January 6, 2021 at 14:42

    Thank you brothers for this multi faceted prayer engagement
    I will participate in this as a Lenten discipline and as a learning experience.
    Blessings.

  12. Bette on January 6, 2021 at 10:57

    Looking forward to sharing Come, Pray with my college student group.

  13. Susan Harriss on January 6, 2021 at 07:11

    Thank you for this. Looking forward to joining you.

  14. Rick Fowler on January 5, 2021 at 21:04

    I look forward to this offering and being a part of it. I haven’t been doing much travel these past few years and I’ve missed being at the monastery, your online offerings have helped me to maintain that connection. Thank you.

  15. Leslie on January 5, 2021 at 20:43

    This is exactly what I hoped you would focus n for Lent Thank you

  16. Rene Hebert on January 5, 2021 at 20:40

    Thank you.

    • Beth Hendrix on January 6, 2021 at 09:40

      Thank you!

  17. Fr. Jay Tillitt on January 5, 2021 at 20:38

    So grateful for the Community’s outreach and its much needed spiritual connection.
    Peace and Prayers to you for all you provide for the Body Of Christ and the World.

    Fr. Jay L. Tillitt

  18. Barbara Kennard on January 5, 2021 at 20:37

    How wonderful. Looking forward to this very much. I want all you Brothers to know how much all of us appreciate the many ways in which you have risen to the challenges of this unsettling time. It’s most impressive how you have worked to make more and more opportunities for all of us to “be with you” in the Chapel. Blessings and peace to you all. With much gratitude.

  19. Sharon Clark on January 5, 2021 at 20:16

    looking forward to the program – thank you for all you do!!

  20. Beverly Ogren on January 5, 2021 at 19:28

    So looking forward to it!

  21. Patty Sampson-Bouchard on January 5, 2021 at 18:40

    Thanks!

  22. Carol Ann Chidlaw on January 5, 2021 at 17:21

    Definitely look forward to the Lenten sessions this year! I will, indeed, join you for “Come, pray!”

  23. Rev. Canon John R. Johanssen on January 5, 2021 at 16:45

    Thanks for this meaningful ministry. I look forward to joining you in prayer.

  24. Barbara Beliveau on January 5, 2021 at 16:39

    Looking forward to this. Thank you!

  25. Alexnder{Sandy] Gordon on January 5, 2021 at 16:36

    Praying with you will be an additional gift to the many I already share many thanks .Take care and all the best of health and happiness in the coming year. Sandy

  26. Mary Sanderson on January 5, 2021 at 16:36

    Have been enjoying your daily words and look forward to joining you for Lent. . Thank you.

  27. Wanda Raley on January 5, 2021 at 16:24

    I look forward to participating with you. Thank you for providing these PRAYER times.

  28. beth carroll on January 5, 2021 at 16:22

    so looking forward to this – thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do to reach out and connect!

  29. Alice (Betsy) Smith on January 5, 2021 at 16:13

    I do so enjoy and need this spiritual time daily with the readings!
    Thank you!

  30. Anya Bassett on January 5, 2021 at 16:08

    Thank you for this offering. I have made a commitment to pray every morning during this church year, starting with Advent, and so far I have kept this commitment. While I am a member of the United Church of Christ, I was brought up in the Episcopal Church, and I’m using the Book of Common Prayer each morning. I’m thinking a lot about how to incorporate prayer in my life and I look forward to this.

  31. Elizabeth Smith on January 5, 2021 at 16:04

    Looking forward to this!

  32. Bobbi (Barbara A B) Patterson on January 5, 2021 at 15:51

    I am so looking forward to this Lenten opportunity! Thank you! It’s just what I need.

  33. sandi albom on January 5, 2021 at 15:35

    thank you

  34. Raymond Webster on January 5, 2021 at 15:34

    Thank you for doing this.

  35. Francois on January 5, 2021 at 15:33

    Greetings to you
    Thank you for the theme of “Come, Pray” for Lent 2021. It something much needed globally and I would like to use your theme as a Lent Resource for my congregations in South Africa.

    Blessings and take care

  36. George Bond on January 5, 2021 at 15:28

    I use your daily comments every Monday and Thursday when I do the Service for Noontime online for my church. I will add these prayers as well. Thank you. Were I not in New Orleans, a long drive to Boston, I would attend some of your offerings.

  37. Valerie McCarty on January 5, 2021 at 15:27

    Deep thanks!

  38. Valori Sherer on January 5, 2021 at 15:26

    Thank you

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