THE WEAVE OF MANQUEHUE PRAYER NEWSLETTER
#004 FRIDAY 30th OCTOBER 2020
The Weave of Manquehue Prayer is a network of friends that seek to help one another to pray, to cultivate spiritual friendship and to share with many the Good News of the Risen Christ. The Weave draws from the charism of the Manquehue Movement to enrich initiatives of evangelisation and service.
CELEBRATING THE NOVEMBER FEAST DAYS
Every year in a large number of Churches, there is an annual performance of Gabriel Faure’s ‘Requiem’. This beautifully simple and reflective adaptation of the Catholic mass for the Dead has never failed to bring a semblance of sobriety and inner stillness to those that listen to this. For the singer and the listener, the first climax of the piece; with its sudden crescendo on ‘et lux perpetua’ (and everlasting light) can feel slightly juxtaposed to the darkness and silence that is apparent as we enter this month of November: The rain doesn’t seem to end, the leaves and plants disappear and we find ourselves with eyes cast to some brighter point in the distance.
It is in this time that we find ourselves in the celebration of All Souls. All too often found wrapped in costumes and parties, there is nevertheless, a stillness that can resound in our thoughts as we commemorate the dead, our families and friends. However, just as the music in this piece builds into a great announcement of the light that those who have gone before us are in, so too should we be part of this awareness of the place that those we love are. Because it is, as St Paul entices ‘the life that is Christ, and the death that is gain’. It is through death in Christ that we live in him.
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General Vespers- All Saints
We would love to invite you to join us to pray Vespers at 7pm on Discord for the Feast of All Saints on Sunday 1st November. You can join here.
Weave Prayer Day- United in Prayer
OFFLINE TOGETHER FOR THE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING
22nd November 2020
"Look, I myself will pasture my sheep, I myself will give them rest", declares the Lord God. (Ezk 34:15)
We are delighted to invite you to the Weave Prayer Day! The Weave Prayer Day will be a day to celebrate the Feast of Christ the King offline together. It will be a day away from screens, where we will be united purely in spirit, through our prayer. The mission of the Weave is 'helping one another to pray' so what better thing can we do than to spend a day in prayer together? Please fill in this form so we can send you a retreat pack.
If you are unable to commit to doing the retreat, please try to say a prayer for the Weave (and the world) on the Feast of Christ the King anyway- and we will be united in prayer!
Read more about the Weave Prayer Day here.
Advent Morning of Prayer- Saturday 12th December- Zoom
Save the date for our next online morning of prayer during this special time of preparation for the birth of our Lord.
The Weave General Workshop Day- Saturday 19th September
The Weave General Workshop day was an opportunity to set some time aside to work together on the ‘Threads’ of the Weave and to pray together. In small groups, we discussed the Weave’s projects on the themes of Lectio Groups, Liturgy, Communications, how we can make the Weave more open to everyone and the work of the Weave in Scotland.
Visits to the St Scholastica Community at Downside
Due to the current situation, no young people have been able to join the St Scholastica Community for the 4 month community experience this term, but they have been delighted to welcome individuals from the Weave for visits to the community. These visits have also been a source of great encouragement for the people who have visited;
"The Weave prayer mornings and online lectio that have become the norm these past months have been a great source of encouragement for me, but nothing beats being with friends in person, and I thank God for the opportunity to do this." Johnny Stacey
Virtual Visits to Lectio Groups
The Weave’s new Lectio Groups Officer, Vicky Firth, would like to offer an exciting opportunity;
“The Commission is visiting Lectio groups across the country to share the resources that we have to offer and to reaffirm the threads of friendship across the Weave. We would like to extend this invitation out to anyone who would like to visit other Lectio groups too, as well as to give you the chance to extend an invitation to come to your Lectio group.”
Please get in touch if you would like to visit a Lectio Group or for someone to visit your group.
I HAVE SEEN THE LORD
The Weave is excited to announce that its much-anticipated book, a collection of personal testimonies written by friends of the Weave, called I Have Seen the Lord, will shortly be making its way to the printers! It will be published through Amazon in the coming months (hopefully by Christmas - and would make an excellent gift). Stay alert for more details to follow! Read more here.
With the start of a new term in September, we also saw a fresh start for the Weave Commission. Four former members of the Commission, Mary Townsend, Charlotte Bonhoure, Angus Duncan and Nick Majani decided to leave the Commission this year to be able to focus on other exciting things so the remaining members Cristobal Valdes (Dean), Vicente Tagle (Commission member), George Rawlins (Treasurer) and Frances Danaher (Communications Officer) have been joined by three new members, Rebecca Blakey (Secretary), Vicky Firth (Lectio Groups Officer) and Christian Laczko-Schroeder (Commission member).
We are continuing with our programme of online activities as social distancing measures remain in place and we would love to see you there!
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