Advent Day of Reflection, Saturday, December 4, 2021, 10AM-3:30PM

In these days of stress, distress, and anxiety, it seems as if the days are hastening by so quickly.  We complain about being busier than ever, this despite the hiatus afforded to most of us by the pandemic quarantine.   And yet we are advised in 2 Peter 3:12 to be waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God.”  Join us in-person or online in the Advent/”Coming” Season for The Hastening Days, an Advent Day of Reflection to consider these two aspects of our hastening.  The day will begin with Celtic Morning prayer, including a reflection on our harried hastening.  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 reflections on our holy hastening, followed by another hour of quiet time.  We’ll regather at 2:45 for sharing the fruits of the Retreat, and will conclude 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; social distancing and/or masking guidelines will be observed.

Weekday Prayers, 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.  Midday Prayer is held at Noon, Evening Prayer is at 7PM, Compline is at 9PM, and, starting December 1, 2019, Morning Prayer will be prayed at 8AM.  Midday Prayer includes some specific prayers for the Followers of The Way, a group of Christian workers and intercessors sponsored by The Abbey.  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.  Morning Prayer offers a powerful way to dedicate one’s day to The Lord.  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.