‘God is the source and wellspring of prophetic life and mission, and only contemplation keeps us intimately attuned to God’s voice’
E. Dreyer and S. Schneiders
As a community we desire to lead contemplative life based on common and personal prayer. Prayer opens us up to the great mystery of God’s presence within us and outside of us, in our neighbour and in creation. Our desire is to live for God’s glory, letting his kingdom come so that our whole life becomes prayer. Praying the psalms, intercession, contemplation and silent awareness of God’s presence are all expressions of prayer in our community.
1. How do we pray?
In praying morning, evening and night prayer we are partaking in the universal prayer of the Christian community. The Church in its daily prayer brings before God the needs of humanity. The constant praying of the psalms and the listening to the Word of God is the mission of the Church we are a part of.
We participate daily in the celebration of the Eucharist. In addition we have an hour’s adoration of the Blessed Sacrament so as to deepen in us our daily living of this mystery.
We have an hour’s silent prayer in our room, in the grounds, in the chapel, in the hermitage or wherever we find most conducive. To risk encountering our fullest and truest self, and to meet God as God requires courage and the freedom to risk. Silence invites us to change, to grow toward fullness of life.
Divine Mercy Hour
At 3pm on Fridays we gather together in the chapel to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet. We also say a final prayer before the Divine Mercy image after night prayer.
We recite the Angelus three times a day to remind ourselves of the joy Mary experienced at the Annunciation and to implore from her a similar fidelity to our vocation of total consecration through the vows.
We say the Fiat Rosary each day. It is a shortened version of the traditional rosary that allows us to contemplate the ‘yes’ of Jesus and Mary throughout their lives.
2. Prayer & Celebration
The major celebrations of the community are the Annunciation (25th March) and the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham (24th September). Walsingham is known as England’s Nazareth where we celebrate Mary’s ‘yes’ to God’s dream for her and the whole of humanity. Uniting us with her in a particular way at these times enables us to enter more fully into God’s dream for us and for our community.
Maundy Thursday (as the start of the Paschal Tridiuum) is also an important day for us as we are reminded that our ‘yes’ is not always easy to say. It is only by living our lives eucharistically that we will have the strength to hand ourselves over in love to God and to others.
3. Praying with our Patron Saints
Click here to read about the Community’s Patron Saints.
As all people are called to live life fully we have chosen some holy men and women who inspire us by their example and intercede with us for the needs of the Church and of the world as entrusted to our community.