Saturday, February 28, 2009

"Monastic Wisdom: Lenten Preaching Series"

From the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, MA.
Welcome to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist’s Lenten preaching series. We are pleased you can join us.

Each Tuesday in March, the 5:15 Eucharist at the Monastery Chapel will feature a sermon reflecting on a specific practice from the SSJE Rule of Life. After the service there will be a soup supper and further conversation with the evening’s preacher.
March 3 - Br. Kevin Hackett, on Silence
March 10 - Br. Bruce Neal. on The Grace of Friendship
March 17 - Br. Robert L’Esperance, on Engaging Poverty
March 24 - Br. David Vryhof, on Prayer and Life
March 31 - Br. Geoffrey Tristram, on The Challenges of Community Life

If you cannot join us in person, check here for a weekly update, featuring an audio recording of the sermon and suggestions for further reading.
We encourage you to join in the conversation by leaving your own comments here.

The SSJE has put out a Compline CD, "Guard Us Sleeping," which contains two complete versions of the service of Compline, plus nineteen hymns, all in English (and both services in Rite II from the U.S. Book of Common Prayer). This CD helped me start learning the Daily Office. Compline is the most mystical of the offices, I think, and a good place to begin.

Their website is really wonderful these days. See this section from this past Christmas, for instance: "Christmas: Unwrapping the Gifts." There is an audio file for each day, which opens (and closes) with a chanted version of "Of the Father's Love begotten," and contains a sermon/reflection on a Christmas theme. And here, Mary Oliver reads her poetry. You can also subscribe to a daily (during Lent) podcast of a reading of and reflection on the SSJE Rule of Life.
We Brothers welcome you to a share one of our daily practices: listening to and reflecting on a chapter of our Rule of Life.

Beginning on Ash Wednesday (February 25), a new chapter from our Audio Rule of Life, read by a Brother, will be available each day, along with suggestions for prayer and reflection.

Lots of good photography and other things, too.

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