As you will have read in the last blog post the community went on retreat to Buckfast Abbey for the first few days of last week. It was wonderful to be able to join the monks there in the rhythms of their daily cycle of prayer and to spend time slowing down to be able to refocus and assess where we are both as individuals and as a community. Our time there passed all to fast but we had to be home for Wednesday evening to lead sung Compline. This lent we are joining our Catholic brothers and sisters every Wednesday either at Our Lady and St Michael’s Church or at St Mary’s for Stations of the Cross or Sung Compline. It’s been good to be able to share in the mystery of the incarnation with them and recall the central events of our faith and I look forward to continuing this as Lent continues.
During the latter half of the week we had a potential new member come and stay with us to explore what we do and to see if it’s something they would like to join in September when we restart after a summer break. It has been good to have them with us and to spend time together discerning if that is where God is leading us and them.
On Friday we hosted the SSC chapter meeting which began with mass celebrated by +Lindsey from the Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham. It is my first experience of a large con-celebrated Mass and I found myself drawn into the Universal Church of Priests and people all over the world celebrating the same thing both now and before our time.
After the mass we headed over to Holy Trinity to assist with the Women’s World Day of Prayer which this year was brought to us by the Bahamas. It was interesting to here the stories and get a taste for the culture of our fellow Christians there and to be united with the world in praying for them and remembering them on that day.
Finally on Saturday afternoon we were back at 7 Corners once again. The weather was beautiful so we spent most of the afternoon outside and I joined the youth in learning one way to dance to the music we were playing. Don’t expect a video of it anytime soon haha.
All Glory to God who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.