The Monastery Chapel opens each day before Morning Prayer and remains open through Compline at the close of the night. We invite you to make use of the Chapel as a sanctuary of quiet, a space for you to pray and ponder. We also invite you to join the Brothers in our daily round of prayer and worship.

Chapel Closure and Prayer

My dear friends:

In our Rule of Life we read in the chapter, The Challenges of Sickness, that we are co-creators with the Holy Spirit who enables us to consecrate every aspect of life as an offering to God’s glory.  Even sickness can be transfigured, and become the means by which we experience personally the reality of the Lord’s assurance, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” A brother’s illness affects the whole community and God will provide gifts of grace for us all.

This is surely such a time, when the illness of so many is having profound effects on the entire world. None of us are left untouched by the coronavirus. As each one of us looks for ways to limit and contain the spread of the virus, the Brothers have made two important decisions. Earlier this week, we announced the closure of the Guesthouse and our limiting non-urgent travel, until at least 7 May. Today we decided to close the monastery chapel for public worship. Beginning today 13 March 2020, the chapel will remain closed until further notice. This will, if necessary, include Holy Week and Easter.

While this decision saddens us, we believe that in light of the uncertainty surrounding the virus, it is a necessary precaution, both for the health of the members of our congregations, as well as our staff. The decision was not taken lightly. As the situation changes we will review this decision.

We are now working with the members of our communications team to find ways to audio stream or webcast some of our services.

Please refer back to our website for updates regarding both the reopening of the Chapel, as well as information on how to listen to webcasts of our services.

In the meantime I commend the following prayer to you from the New Zealand Prayer Book:

God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to us
as we wait in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make us the equal
of whatever lies ahead.
Bring us courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.

I remain, your brother in Christ,

James Koester SSJE
Superior

Sunday
6:30 Morning Prayer
9:00 Holy Eucharist
12:30 Noonday Prayer
4:00 Evening Prayer

Monday
No public worship. (Brothers’ Sabbath)

Tuesday
6:00 Morning Prayer
12:30 Noonday Prayer
5:30 Holy Eucharist
8:30 Compline

Wednesday
6:00 Morning Prayer
12:30 Holy Eucharist
6:00 Evening Prayer
8:30 Compline

Thursday – Saturday
6:00 Morning Prayer
8:00 Holy Eucharist
12:30 Noonday Prayer
6:00 Evening Prayer
8:30 Compline

 

Thursday Prayer Group: Praying with T.S. Eliot

January 29, 2018

There are still a few spaces available in our upcoming Thursday Prayer Group: “At the Still Point in the Turning World”: Praying with T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets

Meets Thursday evenings (6:45-8:20 pm) – February 15 & 22; March 1 & 8.
Monastery Guesthouse Common Room
Leader: Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets can be read as a charter for Christian contemplative life in the modern world, a vision for all who seek to balance silence and words, stillness and loving service in the way of Christ. Through shared silence and deep attention to the spiritual motives in its authorship, we’ll explore this master poem as a doorway into the mystery of God.

Limited to 10 participants with ability to commit to all sessions.

To join this prayer group please contact the Guesthouse Manager by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org

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The Ordo Advent 2019 through Advent 2020

The Ordo of the Daily Office and Holy Eucharist. Advent 2019 through Advent 2020 ( Year 2 & Year A ) Compiled and edited by Jonathan Maury, SSJE

About the Daily Office


The Brothers’ worship schedule, what has traditionally been called the “Daily Office,” is described in the SSJE Rule of Life as:

“...a sustained act of union with Christ by which we participate in his unceasing offering of love to the Father. In reciting the psalms, singing canticles and hymns, proclaiming the divine word in Scripture, or lifting our voices in prayer, we are to enter more and more into the mind, heart, and will of Christ, and to be borne up by the Spirit in him to the Father.

"Our praying of the psalter, which is the heart of the Daily Office, takes us ever deeper into the mystery of the incarnation; the psalms give voice to the whole range of human experience which Christ has embraced and redeemed as the Savior of the world. As we sing and chant deep levels of our being are involved; our hearts are lifted up in greater exultation. And music enhances our worship with riches inherited from many ages.”