We are a contemplative spiritual community with roots in Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Guided by the traditions of the early Church, we look to scripture, tradition, and the writings of saints and sages of the ancient wisdom traditions for inspiration. St. Francis of the Woods is a place where people can find spiritual enrichment though community, contemplation, liturgical worship, the Holy Mysteries, and the wonder of the natural world. We house a small residential community made up of sincere spiritual seekers dedicated to cultivating peace and united in the healing work of love. We desire to unveil the mystical in the everyday and develop a daily practice that brings us into deep communion with our neighbors, the earth, and our Creator. We are not here to convert anyone. Rather, we hope to offer support as we walk along side each other on our spiritual paths.
St. Francis of the Woods was inspired by the Russian Orthodox tradition of the Poustinia, a place where travelers and pilgrims are welcomed and given shelter to enable a time apart for prayer and inner reflection. It was the desire of our founders, Bishop John and Kay Adair, to offer a safe haven, a sacred space for respite and renewal, to anyone on a spiritual journey.
We offer a number of services to enrich your spiritual path. Most Sundays we gather outside near the Library or in the St. Francis Chapel for Liturgy and Meditation. The liturgy offers prayers from the Eastern Orthodox, Franciscan, Celtic, and Native American traditions. We spend time in Lecito Divina meditating on one of the readings for that week. On Fridays a service of Unction, or anointing with oil for healing, is offered in the Oakerhater Chapel. We often pray the Rosary or a mantra using prayer beads after the Unction service. On the first Sunday of each month we meet in the St. Francis Chapel for the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chyrsostom, an ancient eucharistic service compiled around 400 CE.
On Mondays we are invited to spend time in silence. That may mean taking a break from your cell phone or social media or actual silence as a spiritual practice. Wednesday through Friday we come together for daily prayer and meditation. We fast as a community on Fridays. Our schedule in evolving and changes with the seasons, so follow us on social media or check back often for any special services or changes in our weekly pattern.
(St. Francis Chapel)
10:30 - Liturgy of Preparation
10:45 - Divine Liturgy
12:30 - potluck
(Outside near Library or St. Francis Chapel)
10:45 - Liturgy & Meditation
12:00 - potluck
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