SSJE, Brother David Vryhof – Day 5

Versicles and Responces, Kyrie, the Lord’s Prayer, & Collects: An audio sermons from Br. David Vryhof – The Secret of Self-Surrender and Longing for the Peace of Christ:

Brother David Vryhof is a Brother at the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

They are a community of men giving our whole selves over to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rooted in the ancient monastic traditions of prayer and community life, and critically engaged with contemporary culture, we seek to know and share an authentic experience of God’s love and mercy. We live a common life shaped by worship, prayer, and our Rule of Life. In 1870, the society came to Boston, Massachusetts, where it became part of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States.

2 thoughts on “SSJE, Brother David Vryhof – Day 5

  1. this was very much an “in the moment” experience for me, from the incense filled sanctuary, to the soup supper and then the spiritual talk time with Brother David. He seemed to understand the questionnings of our participants. I was so happy to hear the quotes from the Desert Fathers; these have helped me this Lent.

  2. I had personally never been to a monastery and was hesitant about being comfortable with what was going to happen during and after the service. However, our discussion with Brother David afterwards was wonderful. He talked about how many people would become frustrated with their faith because something would happen in their life and they would think, “the God I know would never let this happen.” Brother David said that this shouldn’t be a time of abandonment, but of re-evaluation, and that his idea of God is ever-expanding, continually breaking out of a new shell. I also really liked his comment that Jesus and Christianity are the ways that have helped him connect most with God, but that other religions/ways of connection are just as valid. There was an emphasis on the relationship with God.

    On another note, the Brothers at SSJE had some of the most beautiful voices I had ever heard.

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