Liturgy

Liturgy is a communal response to the sacred through activity reflecting praise, thanksgiving, supplication, or repentance, usually ritualized. Liturgy as practice is intended to deepen our relationship with God and with the Body of Christ, represented by the community. Thomas Keating, in The Mystery of Christ, says, "The liturgy is the supreme vehicle for transmitting the divine life manifested in Jesus Christ, the divine-human being. When Jesus through his resurrection and ascension entered into his trans-historical life, the liturgy became the extension of his humanity in time. The feasts of the Liturgical Year are the clothes, so to speak, that make visible the Reality hidden but transmitted in sacramental rites."

The Birth of God Within

Series: 
Voices of Community

... The reflection I offer here is adapted from a small portion of my book, Contemplating Christ: The Gospels and the Interior Life (Liturgical Press, 2018). It serves as part of a larger reflection on what Christian tradition refers to as the inevitable outcome of the Incarnation: that all of us have been deified in Christ. Or to put it as did St. Athanasius in the 4th Century, “God became human that humans might be made divine.” That is the meaning of deification: to be “made divine” in Christ.

Contemplative Advent Retreat

Contemplative Advent Retreat
Date: 
Fri, 11 Dec 2020
Duration: 
3 days
Region: 
Southeastern US

This three-day workshop will focus on how Centering Prayer can heighten one’s understanding and appreciation for the season of Advent. The leader will be the Rev. Tom Ward, the retired university chaplain at the University of the South who now spends his days focusing on the contemplative dimension of the gospel, teaching Centering Prayer and leading retreats.

For more information, go to www.stmaryssewanee.org.

Type: 
Retreat
Contact Name: 
Mary Beth Best
Contact Phone: 
9315985342

Lenten Retreat

Lenten Retreat
Date: 
Fri, 28 Feb 2020
Duration: 
3 days
Region: 
Southeastern US

Every Lent, we are called to go apart, to enter into silence, and allow grace to flow more freely within us and through us. This year, rather than going to a desert, Mary Anne Best, LeAnn Billups, and Carolyn Goddard invite you to come to the mountaintop and set an intention to allow ourselves to be transfigured by silence, led deeper into the grace that heals.

Type: 
Retreat
Contact Name: 
Mary Beth Best
Contact Phone: 
9315985342

Contemplative Advent Retreat

Contemplative Advent Retreat
Date: 
Fri, 13 Dec 2019
Duration: 
3 days
Region: 
Eastern US

Advent Centering Prayer Weekend

December 13-15, 2019

Theme: Advent & Christmas Series ~ Bridges to Contemplative Living with writings from Fr. Thomas Merton

Take some time during this Holy Season of Advent and journey with us! This retreat for Advent and Christmas opens the writings of Thomas Merton into easily digestible pieces and eloquently pairs them with the words of other great spiritual thinkers.

Type: 
Retreat
Contact Name: 
Nicole Fedder ~ Program Director
Contact Phone: 
814-263-4855 between 9am and 4pm

Day of Enrichment

Day of Enrichment
Date: 
Sat, 14 Mar 2020
Duration: 
1 days
Region: 
Eastern US

A Contemplative Reformation: Parish Life - Let’s imagine the living experience of Christian community through the lens of a contemplative posture rather than simply a program maintenance model.

Type: 
Workshop
Contact Name: 
Mike Smoolca
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
8607988992

Centering Prayer Advanced Retreat

Centering Prayer Advanced Retreat
Date: 
Fri, 08 Nov 2019
Duration: 
7 days
Region: 
Eastern US

Reclaiming the Mystical Heart of Christianity
How Centering Prayer Can Deepen Your Experience of God
Contemplative Silent Retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault and other Contemplative Leaders

Type: 
Retreat
Contact Name: 
Mike Smoolca
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
8607988992