Mondays with the Modern Mystics

On the Mondays of Lent you are invited to journey into the question: how do we know God? Through prayer, conversation, study, and fellowship we will spend time with voices from the past 100 years that have held (re)define the Christian tradition.

We will start with a simple service of Contemplative Evening Prayer at 6:00pm. Each week we will explore a different prayer practices, from the Stations of the Cross, to chant, to silent Centering Prayer. The service will finish by 6:30pm, and we will gather for a simple vegetarian supper.

During supper, the rector or another member of the clergy will present on a “Modern Mystic,” asking the question: “How does this person invite us to know God?”

(Registration for childcare closed on February 26)

After learning of the reports of abuse by Jean Vanier, we have decided not to feature him. We lament with the folks of L’Arche and pray with them in this tough time. Please note the adjusted schedule below.

The mystics:

  • 3/2 Richard Rohr and Cynthia Bourgeault: Introducing The Wisdom Way (Led by the Rector)
  • 3/9 Pauli Murray and Carter Heyward: Redefining the Conversation (Led by the Rector)
  • 3/16 Gustavo Guttierez and Oscar Romero: God takes a side (Led by the Rector)
  • 3/23 Vida Dutton Scudder and Henri Nouwen: When Church and Society Fail (Led by the Rev. Marc Smith)
  • 3/30 Anne Lammott and Sara Miles: Voices for Change and Renewal (Led by the Rev. Laurie Anzilotti)

Ash Wednesday 2020

Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, marks the beginning of the great season of fasting, repentance, and examination. The forty days before Easter are marked in the Liturgical Churches as a time for simplifying our lives, for returning to God in prayer, for asking for forgiveness.

7:00am will be a simple spoken service in the chapel

12 noon will be a simple service with hymns

7:00pm will be a service with the full choir

We hope you will join us for one of our three services as we mark the start of a holy Lent.

Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, we receive Ashes on our forehead in the sign of the cross and hear the words “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” We remember our mortality.

Contemplative Prayer

Looking for a little quiet?

In the Season of Lent, we will offer Contemplative Prayer each week on Monday evening at 6pm as part of our “Mondays with the Modern Mystics” program. The basic practice will be very simple. Each week will we spend 10 minutes in shared silence. Leaders may offer chant, a reading from scripture, a poem, a prayer as a way to introduce and conclude the silence.

Some may choose to stay for a short conversation after the prayer is done. Those conversations will take place in the lounge.

Video of chant from our 2019 Lenten Contemplative series:

Month of Guided Prayer

A Retreat in Everyday Life

Feb. 6 – Mar. 6

The next step on your spiritual journey

Click here to Register

Co-hosted by

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion & Trinity Episcopal Church

Overview

  • A retreat in everyday life – pray on your own at least 20 minutes each day and meet privately with a prayer guide for one hour, once per week for four consecutive weeks.
  • A retreat personalized to what you are hoping for – your prayer guide will offer suggestions accordingly.  Many retreatants explore new ways of praying, and for some, it is a first experience of spiritual direction.
  • An opportunity to become more aware of God’s presence in your life, and if you wish, an introduction to Ignatian Spirituality.
  • Couples in committed relationships have the option of meeting as a couple with a prayer guide, rather than separately.
  • Prayer guides are not allowed to companion someone they know.
  • This is an ecumenical ministry, so any adult is welcome regardless of church affiliation or denomination.

 

Specifics of the Retreat

  • The retreat begins on Saturday, February 6 at 1:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church. At this gathering, there is prayer as a group and each participant meets his/her prayer guide (lasts about 90 minutes).
  • Confidential, one-on-one meetings between retreatants and prayer guides occur at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion on Tuesdays (the same time each week for each participant) selected from the following when registering:
    • Morning – between 8:45 & 12:00
    • Afternoon – between 1:30 & 4:45
    • Evening – between 6:30 & 9:00
  • If you cannot meet in person one or more of the sessions, it is possible to meet via phone or Skype (which need not be on Tuesdays).
  • Closing of the retreat is celebrated as a group on Sunday, March 6 at 4:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church (lasts about 90 minutes).
  • You may still participate in the retreat if not able to attend the gatherings on February 6 and/or March 6.

Download the Brochure

Month of Guided Prayer Website

Praise from Retreatants

“My prayer guide was excellent, understood my concerns and goals, and offered many suggestions for types of prayers and activities. My guide listened! I think we were an excellent match, and since there was no information about each other given during registration, I believe it was God’s will.  Thank you, God!”

“I was feeling that my prayer life was in a rut. Now my spiritual/prayer life have started a new, fresh chapter I hope will unfold for years to come.”

“This retreat is so practical – integrating my spiritual life and my work life with simple prayer techniques I can use on a daily basis.”

“For the first time in my life, I am beginning to truly believe that Jesus desires to be my friend.”

“I now recognize ways I was already praying, but did not appreciate.”

“This retreat improved my prayer life more than anything else I have ever done.”