Welcome to the spirituality page of the Christ Church website.
This page will be regularly updated with details of our spirituality programme and links to other programmes that may be of interest to those who are concerned about the spiritual/interior life from a Christian perspective.
In the cathedral we have a small chapel that is used each day by visitors for personal prayer. On the altar of that chapel is an icon, pictured below.
The Trinity Icon is written in the style of the Russian Iconographer, Andrei Rublev, considered one of the greatest medieval icon writers of his time. This icon was written by Georgetta Simion following a commission by the Dean of Christ Church in 2009. Georgetta studied art at the University of Bucharest and is a prolific icon writer of the Romanian school.
The space in the foreground of the icon invites us into the relationship of the Trinity. That is what this page of the cathedral website also aims to do: it invites you into the relationship of the Trinity through the practices of Christian spirituality that have been handed on to us from generations gone by.
Quiet Morning Saturday 10th October 2015
Early this year, Gary Hastings published the book Going up the Holy Mountain. On the theme of pilgrimage, Gary takes the reader on an exploration of journey and pilgrimage on Croagh Patrick. ”The Reek itself is a very solid mountain with a long pre-Christian and Christian pilgrimage tradition.”
During our quiet morning on Saturday 26th September, Gary will lead 3 reflections on pilgrimage based on his book and will leave time for each participant to reflect and pray. The morning will start at 10am and finish at 1pm. To book please email me, firstname.lastname@example.org, or ring him on 086 0386415. There is no fee for the quiet morning although there will be an opportunity to leave a donation towards the costs.
John Philip Newell Lecture
We are excited that John Philip Newell will be visiting us in Christ Church on 5th October to give a lecture on The Rebirthing of God. Newell is a renowned author and speaker on Celtic Spirituality and has written well known books like Listening to the Heartbeat of God. More details about this lecture can be found at http://christchurchcathedral.ie/lecture-christ-church-cathedral/.
Quiet Morning Saturday 21st November 2015
Sue Grier of Immanuel Christian Retreat Centre in Donegal led our Retreat in the City in 2014. She will be back in Christ Church on Saturday 21st November to lead our second quiet morning for this term. “Growing Deeper” is the title for the morning when Sue will give guided opportunity to use art and Scripture as we pray. All art materials will be provided. We will start at 10am and finish by 1pm. As well as the sessions, there will be plenty of opportunity for personal prayer and reflection set in the context of the cathedral east end. Please get in touch if you would like to reserve your place. Again there is no charge for the quiet morning, although an opportunity will be available to leave a donation should you wish.
Wednesday Evening Centring Prayer Group
As well as the quiet mornings, the weekly centring prayer group continues on a Wednesday evening in the cathedral Lady Chapel. It starts at 7.30pm and finishes by 8.15pm. To find out more about centring prayer as a method of prayer please visit the website of Contemplative Outreach Ireland, www.coi.ie, or get in touch with Garth Bunting.
Retreat in the City 2016
I hope to have exciting details about Retreat in the City 2016 available soon. I can tell you that the date will be 12-14 February 2016 in the cathedral. It will be non-residential, but as usual, there are a number of reasonably priced hotels close to the cathedral that you can book into.