Lenten Series on The Way of Virtue, Sundays online, 7:30-8:45PM

The Way of Virtue addresses what appears to be a general deficit in Christian character in the West, due in large part to believers being distracted from focusing on God.  Using various spiritual disciplines tailored to a believer’s stage of faith development, it directs followers of Jesus to the Vision of God in His varied Attributes, through which He imparts associated Virtues.  Grounded in the Holy Scriptures and the historic Christian Faith, the Way of Virtue offers a way to be conformed to The Image of Christ and to be serving in the world.  Join us as we explore this tool for Spiritual Formation through presentation and small group conversation.

March 6 – Virtues of Jesus

March 13 – Vision of God

March 20 – Disciplines of Disciples

March 27 – Stages of Faith

April 3 – Way or Rule of Life

April 10 – Following The Way

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Lenten Day of Reflection, Saturday, March 19, 2022, 10AM-3:30PM

This has been an extended period of suffering, very familiar to many on earth, and yet unfamiliar to many of us in The West.  Ours has been a culture steeped in the message of social and material progress, and increasing ease of living.  And yet God’s Word tells us that, in Christ, suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope which does not put us to shame, because God’s Love has been poured out into our hearts through The Holy Spirit Who has been given to us (Romans 5:3-5). How do we respond to these competing messages?  Is it possible that we, walking with Jesus in The Way of The Cross, can find it none other than the way of life and peace.  Join us in-person or online in Lent for The Way of The Cross, a Day of Reflection to consider these two benefits to following the Crucified One in a season of suffering.  The day will begin with Celtic Morning prayer, including a reflection what it means to find life in the midst of death in The Cross.  An hour for personal reflection will follow in the Abbey House or grounds, until we gather for Midday Prayer at Noon.  A delicious and Covid-conscious lunch will follow (though a BYOB option is available).  We’ll regather at 1:30 for a reflection on our finding peace in a culture of anxiety in The Cross.  We’ll return 2:45 for sharing the fruits of the Retreat, concluding with Celtic Evening Prayer.  The cost will be $25 for the Retreat, plus $7 for those choosing to partake of the lunch provided.  To register, please email fatherlen@abbeyoftheway.us, specifying whether you will be attending in-person or online, and whether you wish to receive the in-person lunch provided.  NOTE: in-person participants must either be vaccinated or receive a negative COVID test within 48 hours of attending; current social distancing and/or masking guidelines will be observed.

Holy Week Services, Monday – Wednesday, April 11-13, 7PM

Join us for evening services online and, Covid permitting, onsite, for the first three evenings of Holy Week, each gathering lasting about 45 minutes.

A Service of Sorrows will be held on Monday, offering an opportunity to lament the losses we have experienced, whether they be personal or material, recent or long-term.  Featuring reflective music, candle-lighting, and responsive readings, we’ll bring ourselves and our memories to the Man of Sorrows, Who is well-acquainted with grief.

A Taize Service will be offered on Tuesday, drawing upon the musical prayers of the ecumenical Taize Community in France.

A Tenebrae Service will be presented on Wednesday, utilizing this ancient service of “shadows”, which features Scripture readings, prayers, and gradually extinguished candles.

Weekday Prayer Gatherings, Mondays through Fridays

These online gatherings of 15-20 minutes feature a hymn or song, prayers from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, a Scripture reading, and time to reflect and pray together.  Using the Daily Office 2019 website (www.dailyoffice2019.com), we come together to pray the classic monastic hours of prayer.  Morning Prayer is prayed at 8AM, Midday Prayer at Noon, Evening Prayer at 7PM, Compline at 9PM.  Morning Prayer offers a powerful way to dedicate one’s day to The Lord.  Midday Prayer interrupts our work and plans, reminding us of Who is in charge.  Evening Prayer is designed particularly to be accessible to children, in case families wish to use this gathering as part of bedtime practices.  Compline Prayer is especially helpful to prepare oneself for rest and sleep.  All of these will provide a gentle and reassuring practice for centering on Jesus throughout the day and night.  To participate online by Zoom, please visit the following link, which connects to the account of The Abbey: www.tinyurl.com/zoomtheabbey.  Those with a Zoom account can join Zoom Meeting # 508  799  5011 ((The Abbey‘s phone number).  Clear instructions will appear, and you will be held in a “waiting room” until you are welcomed aboard by the host.  Those without computer access can call 929-205-6099, and enter the meeting code 508  799  5011, followed by the # sign.  No Bible, prayer book or songbook is required for those online, as everything needed is presented on your screen.  You are welcome to “audit” without praying aloud or making yourself visible online.  Those wishing to join The Abbot onsite for any of the offices are welcome to do so, but should contact him by text/phone (508-579-3442) or by email (fatherlen@abbeyoftheway.us) prior so that he is prepared to welcome you.  NOTE: in-person participants must either be vaccinated or receive a negative COVID test within 48 hours of attending; current social distancing and/or masking guidelines will be observed.