Friday 24 February 2017

Lent Talk — A School of the Lord's Service

Talk 2

In the course of 2000 years, the Church has developed a great variety of spiritual traditions and ways of living out the command to ‘pray at all times’. This Lent, five guest speakers (plus our own Fr Daniel) will share with us insights from their wealth of experience in their own religious orders that will help us in our own times of prayer. These talks are sure to be a help in strengthening our own Lenten practice of prayer. Talks take place on Saturdays at 11:00 in the Oratory parish centre and are open to the public. Tea and coffee available before from 10:30.

Our second guest speaker will be Dom Cuthbert Brogan, O.S.B.
, Abbot of St Michael's Abbey, Farnborough, on A School of the Lord's Service: Contemplative monastic life in the Benedictine tradition. St Benedict lived in the 6th Century and is considered to be the Father of Western monasticism, having left his Rule for those who would live the monastic ideal in community. Centred on work and prayer, Benedictine monks turn their whole life into an act of the praise of God, whether singing his praises in the psalms, or tending his creation in the field.

11 March — The School of St Philip: The spiritual life of the Oratory

Fr Daniel Seward, Cong. Orat., Provost of the Oxford Oratory

18 March — The Odd Life of St Norbert and his White Canons

Fr Stephen Morrison, O.Præm., Subprior of St Philip’s Priory, Chelmsford

1 April — Prayer and Preaching: The spiritual traditions of St Dominic’s Order of Preachers

Fr Richard Finn, O.P.. Director of the Las Casas Institute; Lecturer and Tutor at Blackfriars

8 April — The Still Small Voice that Speaks in Lent: The Prophet Elijah in Carmelite Spirituality

Fr Kevin Alban, O.Carm., Friar of Aylesford Priory, Kent

Full details of all the talks are available in the Lent, Holy Week and Easter booklet. Printed copies are available at the back of church.