We believe passionately that God has given us a mission: to draw others to know and experience in their lives the love of God in Christ. Sharing this “Good News” is at the center of our call and our life. In our chapels and retreat houses, and our online teachings, we hope to offer a still point in the midst of the chaos of contemporary life. We hope that as you explore these pages, you’ll find “Good News” that will help you live authentically, responsive to God’s call of love.

The Beauty of Holiness

Apr 16, 2020

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.

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Easter Sunday

Apr 12, 2020

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.

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Bestowing Life – Br. James Koester

Apr 12, 2020

https://www.ssje.org/4.audio/2020/041220a_jk.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS   Romans 6: 3 – 11Psalm 114Matthew 28: 1 – 10 I’m sure that we all know someone like this. Maybe it’s even yourself. We all know someone who isn’t very good at telling jokes. Sometimes that’s about timing. Maybe their timing is off. Perhaps…

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Holy Saturday

Apr 11, 2020

Holy Saturday is a day of waiting, anticipation, and preparation for Easter.  We know that Jesus is in the Tomb. Listen to an ancient homily for Holy Saturday.

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Jesus Descends Into Hell – Br. James Koester

Apr 11, 2020

https://www.ssje.org/4.audio/2020/041120_jk.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS from an ancient homily for Holy Saturday – 2nd century Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness.  The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep.  The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen…

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The Solemn Collects

Apr 10, 2020

https://www.ssje.org/4.audio/2020/041020_collects.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS Good Friday Book of Common Prayer – pp. 277-280 Dear People of God: Our heavenly Father sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved; that all who believe in him might…

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Finding the Goodness in Good Friday – Br. Jim Woodrum

Apr 10, 2020

“Today we must pray our lives and offer up to Jesus our isolation, grief, anxiety, and helplessness. We must hear Jesus admonition: ‘Come to me all who labor and are heavy burdened and I will give you rest.’ We must acknowledge that our death to self is a process and we will have many opportunities to follow Jesus’ example, an example that passes through the gate of Good Friday.”

During a Holy Week when there is so much to mourn, Br. Jim Woodrum explores what is “good” about Good Friday.

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The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, according to John:

Apr 10, 2020

https://www.ssje.org/4.audio/2020/041020_gospel.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS Good Friday John 18:1-19:37 Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with…

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Good Friday

Apr 10, 2020

Listen to excerpts from the Good Friday liturgy at the Monastery.

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Maundy Thursday

Apr 9, 2020

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.

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