Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Drop in for prayer days

Once a month in our parish, at St Thomas More's, the Ursuline sisters offer a sort of open day under the title 'drop in for prayer'. During these days there are meditations, times of prayer and plenty of space for people to pray quietly, to read or to talk to one of the sisters. There's also an evening spirituality session, which each month focuses on a different theme. The most recent was centred on the recent visit of the relics of St Thérèse, giving people a chance to share their memories of the visit and to explore the symbolism of the icon which travelled around with the relics (a copy of this icon was displayed, as the pictures show). The session's theme was chosen in the hope that those present could build on the positive experience of the visit as they seek to deepen their spiritual lives.

Two smaller icons linked to St Thérèse were also used as a focus for reflection, one being the icon of the Holy Face, which was so dear to Thérèse. This has provided the theme for the forthcoming sessions, which will take as their theme "Seeking the Face of Christ" through Scripture, mainly the Gospel according to St John. If you'd like to come to any of the forthcoming sessions, they generally take place on the second Monday of the month, and details are included on the parish newsletter (in pdf format here). Meanwhile, we couldn't let this post pass without wishing our Ursuline sisters a very happy feast day: today is the feast of St Angela Merici, who founded their order in 1535.