This was our last Lectio of this Liturgical Year A. It seemed to the group that it has not been so long since they started Lectio online, and it has been eight months already!
The group considered the reading for the Feast of Christ the King A Mt 25:31-46 “He will take his seat on his throne of glory, and he will separate men one from another.” Read their thoughtful observations and insights here.
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Hyning Monastery is offering 2 retreat days via Zoom. Thursday 3rd December and Saturday 12th December 2020. The overall theme will be Hope, much needed at this time! Each day starts at 10:15am concluding with Vespers at 4:30pm.
The timetable is the same for both days. 10.15: Welcome and short prayer – S Elizabeth Mary 10.30 – 11am: S Michaela will give a talk on the Scriptural aspects of hope. This will be followed by 10 minutes for comments or questions. 11.10 am Break 11.30 – 12 pm: S M Stella will present “Our Lady of the Sign”. Again there will be a few moments for comments and questions. 12.15pm Midday Office, live streamed from the chapel The sisters doing the presentations in the morning will also leave you some questions to think about. These questions will be taken up in an informal and optional discussion from 2.15- 3 pm. 3.15 – 4pm: S Josephine Mary will give a talk on Hope in the monastic tradition, and she will leave you with some thoughts to take away with you at the end of the day. At 4.30 pm each day, the sisters pray silently in chapel for all those affected by the Covid crisis. Those who wish are invited to join us for that time, which will be followed by Vespers, both live streamed from Chapel, closing our day together.
We would ask you to book in for the day you would like to follow. Please contact S M Bernard on email@example.com or 01524 732684 or 01524 989380 before Monday 30th November if possible.
There will be a voluntary contribution of £10 for the day, but we would not want anyone who wishes to join us to be left out because of finance
A pioneering ministry for health and wellbeing based in Carlisle in Cumbria is offering online Yoga sessions. These sessions, attended by an ecumenical group from Scotland, England and France, involve 45 minutes gentle stretching, then 15 minutes meditation using the mantra “Maranatha”.
‘Maranatha’ is an Aramaic phrase meaning ‘Come Lord’.
Free or donation based on Zoom. Send an email via their website to join in.
As we come into winter and face the prospect of months of continued restrictions on our physical, mental and social lives why not try this yoga practice rooted in the Christian tradition? Who knows where it might lead you.
Mike and the group have decided to change the subject of the next Zoom meeting on the 25th November. You may recall it was to have been John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath”. Instead the group are going to share their own favourite book/author and say a few words about their choice.
If you are an avid reader and have not tried the group then why not give it a go? You can contact Mike, the group leader, by clicking here, scroll down to find the contact form.
The last word on the Grapes of Wrath came in an email from one of our community. He wrote…
I’d like to share my favourite Steinbeck story. After his death, his widow was touring Japan, signing books and so on. At some point a speech of thanks was given by a Japanese man with an imperfect grasp of English, who referred to his favourite Steinbeck book, “The Angry Raisins”.
As one of our leaders use to say frequently, Lectio Divina is not a Biblical study, we don’t study the Word of God, but we let ourselves be read by the Word of God, Lectio, (reading), through the action of the Holy Spirit.
Then we ruminate upon the words the Holy Spirit illuminates in us so that we take from them what God wants to give us, meditatio (reflection).
Afterwards we leave our thinking aside and simply let our hearts speak to God. This response is inspired by our reflection on the Word of God, oratio (response).
The final part of our Lectio Divina is where we let go of our own ideas, plans, meditations and thoughts, in order to simply rest in the Word of God. We listen at the deepest level of our being to God who speaks within us with a still small voice, contemplatio (rest). As we listen, we are gradually transformed from within; and this has a profound effect on the way we actually live and the way we live is the test of the authenticity of our prayer. We must take what we read in the Word of God into our daily lives. This stage accompanies us through the week, rather than just for the session.
This week our Lectio has been deeply personal. One of our group sent this to us all. It is not intrinsically Lectio, but in these thoughts, that all of us subscribe to, we see the reflection of another gift we receive from Lectio, one not shown in our written reflections.
‘I just want to say how much I appreciate your intimate sharing each week. It is not easy to be so vulnerable, but I believe that this is how God guides us to become a safe supportive community. It is his way of showing us how to love ourselves and so love our neighbours. And he does all this by loving us first. Amazing. Prayers for all of you.’
Our Lectio Divina for this Friday took the Gospel reading for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Matthew 22:34-40 The greatest commandment “To love God is to love one’s neighbour.”