A 5 Session Spirituality Taster Course - beginning on Wednesday 9th March
Explore your own spirituality and prayer life with the help of some of the great Christian, spiritual traditions:
- Week 1: Our own Anglican Tradition
- Week 2: The Desert Fathers’ Solitude
- Week 3: The Benedictine Rule
- Week 4: The Franciscan Way
- Week 5: The Ignatian School
Do you want to deepen your relationship with God?
Do you want to explore your own spiritual life as a Christian?
Are you interested in developing different methods of prayer with the help of some major spiritual traditions?
Do you have a spiritual practice which you could and should share with others?
If yes - then why not join this Lent course!
Course materials and YouTube links below:
Wednesdays from 9th March to 6th April at St Mary’s and live-streamed to YouTube
Week 1 Youtube link: youtu.be/P3iM6Q-WnXI
You can download the service sheet for the worship at the end of the session here: evening_prayer_9.03.22_service_sheet_v.2.pdf
Daily Prayer from the Church of England's Common Worship can be found here.
Links to join the Benefice's Daily Prayer on zoom are here. Daily Morning Prayer is at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5pm.
Week 2 Youtube link: youtu.be/T9oOj-qCHDQ
There are two handouts for this session:
1.Jesus’ prayers and sayings about prayer
2.Jesus, prayer and solitude
The Book references are:
'What Do You Seek? Wisdom from religious life for today's world' by John-Francis Friendship
'Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation' by Marvin Laird O.S.A
Week 3 Youtube link: youtu.be/NTbOFon2mo0
There are four handouts for this session:
1. The Importance of Scripture
2. The Prologue to the Rule of St Benedict
3. The Modern Benedictine Day - taken from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert website
4. Text for Lectio Divina - Colossians 3.12-17
Links for the websites I refer to:
https://universalis.com/index.htm - an online version of the Benedictine Hours
https://christdesert.org - a very interesting Roman Catholic, male Benedictine Community in New Mexico
https://stgertrudes.org - a very interesting Roman Catholic, female Benedictine Community in Idaho
Book, lecture and document references:
Steward, C. OSB, 'Prayer and Community: The Benedictine Tradition', 1998 Orbis
John-Francis Friendship ‘Enfolded in Christ’, 2018 Canterbury Press
Fr Luigi Gioia Lecture – Bishop’s Teaching Morning, 1 March 2022 - not available online
Week 4 Youtube link: youtu.be/igqtA_NaVwo
There are four handouts for this session:
1. Extracts from: Saint Francis of Assisi Pope BENEDICT XVI – General Audience
2. The Canticle of the Creatures
3. Daily Prayers - A Collection of Franciscan Prayers for Daily Recitation
4. The service sheet for the worship at the end of the session
Links for the websites:
https://ofm.org/about/ - The Roman Catholic Franciscan Order, The Order of the Franciscans Minor
https://ciofs.info/- The Roman Catholic Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis, the Secular Franciscan Order
https://www.anglicanfranciscans.org - The Anglican Franciscan movement, The Society of St Francis
http://franciscanseculars.com/ - The unofficial Roman Catholic Franciscan Seculars (UK)
Book and document references:
The Rule of St Francis
Boff, Leonardo, ‘Cry of the earth, cry of the poor’ 1997 Orbis Books
Raitt, J., ‘ Christian Spirituality: High Middle Ages and Reformation’, 1988 SCM
Week 5 Youtube link: youtu.be/xl4yV-dhoGk
The online content of the six handouts for this session, taken from the Jesuits in Britain webiste https://www.jesuit.org.uk/
can be found by clicking these links:
1. What is Ignatian decision making?
2. What is the Discernment of Spirits?
3. What is the Examen?
4. What is Imaginative contemplation?
5. What are the Spiritual Exercises?
6. What is spiritual direction?
Links for interesting websites:
https://www.jesuit.org.uk - The website of the Jesuits in Britain
https://www.jesuits.org - The webiste of the Jesuits in the USA
https://pray-as-you-go.org/index.php - A very nice Jesuit inspired website and App offering 15 minute podcats of daily prayer and reflection (Jesuits in Britain)
Some book references:
Hughes, Gerard, God of surprises, Longman & Todd, 1985
Endean, Philip ‘The Spiritual Exercises’ In T. Worcester (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Jesuits, Cambridge University Press, 2008
Silf, Margaret, Landmarks: an Ignatian Journey, Longman & Todd, 1998
7pm Holy Communion
7.30pm Lent Course
8.45pm Closing Worship
This course aims to offer you some frameworks of spirituality out of which you can build up your own prayer life and the prayer life of our community.
To do this, over 5 weeks it will briefly explore the examples of our own Anglican Tradition, the early monasticism of the ‘Desert Fathers’, the Rule of St Benedict, the Franciscan way and the Ignatian School. It will attempt to give a taste of how we can learn to apply these traditions to our own spiritual lives and our relationship with God.
We’ll end each session with an act of worship and prayer drawn from the tradition of the week.
Hope to see you there!