The Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Holy Week: The Week that Changed the World


From The Rule of Life of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Chapter Sixteen: Worship

If we become the true worshipers whom the Father seeks, no part of our life is untouched by our worship. It makes our experience of time itself sacred. The offices express the inmost meaning of the times of each day from dawn to nightfall. The weeks are sanctified, beginning with the commemoration of the resurrection on the first day. The liturgical cycle of the year redeems the passage of time by making the months and seasons the means of appropriating again the creating and healing acts of God, reaching its climax in our renewed experience of the life-giving cross and resurrection in Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost.

The Brothers invite you to join them as they enter into the mystery and majesty of the Lord’s Passion. Pray with us, journey with us, witness with us, the week that changed the world. Join us in person at the Monastery (schedule below, principal services in bold), if you can. Or join us online, using the links below over the course of the week. We’ll be posting sermons and singing each day, as well as Scriptures, prayers, and hymn texts.


The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday - March 28




Monday in Holy Week - March 29




Tuesday in Holy Week - March 30




Wednesday in Holy Week - March 31




Maundy Thursday - April 1




Good Friday - April 2




Holy Saturday - April 3




Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day - April 4




About the Images of the Crucifix

The photographs on these pages are of the crucifix which stands behind the High Altar of the Monastery Chapel for most of the year. Dating from the early 17th century and Spanish in origin, the corpus is carved ivory. It was on loan from a private collector to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston from 1917 until 1936, when the owner made it a gift to the Society for its newly completed Chapel.

These images are from an extensive photo essay by artist, poet and friend Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell, of Cambridge, Massachusetts. We are most grateful for her generosity, and we hope you find these arresting images both focus and challenge your prayer.












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