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March 2024

Here you can find an overview of any feast or Saints day in March 2024 along with the daily readings from the ‘Revised Common Lectionary’. 

Tuesday 19th March – Saint Joseph
Sunday 24th March – Palm Sunday
Thursday 28th March – Maundy Thursday
Friday 29th March – Good Friday
Saturday 30th March – Holy Saturday
Sunday 31st March – Easter Sunday

A note on the Revised Common Lectionary
The daily readings expand the range of biblical reading in worship and personal devotion by providing daily citations for the full three-year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect on and digest what they heard in worship.

The Jesus Prayer

The Jesus Prayer is a simple prayer
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

The tradition of the Jesus Prayer goes back to the “prayer of the mind,” recommended by the ancient monks of the Egyptian desert.

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February 2024

Here you can find an overview of any feast or Saints day in February 2024 along with the daily readings from the ‘Revised Common Lectionary’. 

Friday 2nd February – Presentation of the Lord
Wednesday 14th February – Ash Wednesday
Saturday 24th February – Saint Matthias

A note on the Revised Common Lectionary
The daily readings expand the range of biblical reading in worship and personal devotion by providing daily citations for the full three-year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect on and digest what they heard in worship.

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina, Latin for divine reading, is an ancient practice designed to immerse us in Scripture. Lectio Divina involves reading a text from Scripture multiple times and allowing the Holy Spirit to open our hearts to God’s message.

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Companions on the Way: An online Lent retreat

Companions on the Way:
A retreat in preparation for Lent
Saturday 10 February 2024
10am – 1pm GMT
‘Jesus was in the wilderness forty days, tested by Satan, and he was with the wild beasts, and the angels waited on him.’ Mark 1.13Lent is demanding. It strips us back, asks us to set aside the amusements that distract us and the comforts that cushion us in order that we may be more truly known. But it never asks us to be alone.Whether disturbing, strange or assuring, there will be company on our journey through Lent. Our speakers reflect on who they would choose as a spiritual companion for the season and reveal that even the most unexpected or unwelcome companion can draw us nearer to God.
A Lent retreat offering a morning of worship and reflection. Speakers include Jay Hulme, Rachel Mann, Rob Marshall and Nick Papadopulos. Opening and closing worship with Richard Carter and the St Martin’s Voices. In association with Canterbury Press.Book a ticket below to access the event.

PROGRAMME

10.00  Welcome and introduction – Christine Smith

10.05  Opening worship – Richard Carter and the St Martin’s Voices

10.30 With a friend like this, who needs…? – Nick Papadopulos introduces an unruly companion for your infernal Lenten journey

11.00  Hiking with St Peter – Rob Marshall takes us up the Mountain of Transfiguration

11.30  Break

11.45  A relenting heart – Lent with Jane Austen  – Rachel Mann

12.15  Finding a way in the wilderness – Jay Hulme goes in search of some saintly companions for the season

12.45  Closing worship – Richard Carter and the St Martin’s Voices

13.00 Close

CONTRIBUTORS

Jay Hulme is an award-winning performance poet the author of the bestselling collections, The Backwater Sermons and The Vanishing Song.

Rachel Mann is a priest, poet, theologian, novelist and broadcaster. The author of numerous books, her latest work is A Truth Universally Acknowledged: Forty Days with Jane Austen. Rachel is the Archdeacon of Salford and Bolton in the Diocese of Manchester.

Rob Marshall is a familiar voice from BBC radio’s Thought for the Day which he has presented regularly for almost thirty years. He is a priest and honorary canon in the Diocese of St Albans and author of Transfiguration: 50 Pilgrim Steps

Nick Papadopulos is the Dean of Salisbury. He is the author of The Infernal Word: Notes from a Rebel Angel, described as ‘Deceptively simple; profoundly insightful; immensely entertaining’ by Archbishop Justin Welby.

Richard Carter is a priest at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London’s Trafalgar Square, and founder of its contemplative Nazareth Community. He is the author of The City is My Monastery, In Search of the Lost, and Letters From Nazareth.

TICKET INFORMATION

Group rates: we know many of you like to watch our online events together. We have a new group rate of £25 and this will allow up to 10 people to watch our online event together. For groups of 10 plus, please get in touch with us.

Questions? Contact events@hymnsam.co.uk.

Please note, if you’re living overseas or have a commitment on the morning of the 10 February then you can always use the link, which comes with your ticket, to watch a recording of the event at a time of your choosing.

IMPORTANT: Once you’ve ordered your ticket please check your inbox, and if necessary your Spam and Promotions folder if a Gmail user, to retrieve your order confirmation email and your ticket. The link to the broadcast will be embedded in your ticket and joining instructions will be sent to you in advance of the event. Please add events@hymnsam.co.uk and orders@hymnsam.co.uk to your safe senders list. If it hasn’t arrived safely please contact us at events@hymnsam.co.uk. Thank you.

January 2024

Here you can find an overview of any feast or Saints day in January 2024 along with the daily readings from the ‘Revised Common Lectionary’. 

Monday 1st January – Hoy Name of Jesus
Saturday 6th January – Epiphany of the Lord
Thursday 18th January– Confession of Saint Peter
Thursday 25th January – Conversion of Saint Paul

A note on the Revised Common Lectionary
The daily readings expand the range of biblical reading in worship and personal devotion by providing daily citations for the full three-year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect on and digest what they heard in worship.

December 2023

Here you can find an overview of any feast or Saints day in December 2023 along with the daily readings from the ‘Revised Common Lectionary’.

Tuesday 26th December – Saint Stephen, Deacon and Martyr
Wednesday 27th December – Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist
Thursday 28th December – Feast of the Holy Innocents

A note on the Revised Common Lectionary
The daily readings expand the range of biblical reading in worship and personal devotion by providing daily citations for the full three-year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect on and digest what they heard in worship.

The Examen

The prayer of examen is a time of prayerful reflection where you think over the events of the day or week in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction. It gives your soul the space to catch up.

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Rule of Life

The purpose of a ‘Rule of life’ is to intentionally lay out the way you want to live your life. What is important to you? What are your values? How do you want to spend your time?

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Monday – Friday 8:30pm – 9pm Centering Prayer on Zoom

Sr Anne Dunne holds an Evening Centering Prayer group from 8.30pm – 9pm, Monday to Friday.

The Zoom meeting room will be open to all. Please join in silence and stay on ‘mute’ for the duration of the session. There will be a few short lines of a Psalm, Scripture, or other spiritual writing followed by silence for 25 minutes. The session will close with a repetition of the beginning opening lines. There will be no input or sharing to allow for a silent space for prayer.
You are most welcome to join. Please e-mail admin@christian-retreat.org if you have any questions.

The method and guidelines of Centering Prayer as taught by Contemplative Outreach can be found in a leaflet here.

Join Zoom Meeting

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