What the Retreat Involves
and the Jesuit Media Office
London are offering a retreat for Lent 2019. The prayer is available
via an email, or web pages online, on PDF sheets which can
be downloaded from the internet
and printed out, or in a booklet form.
This Lent Retreat is a course in prayer. Its aim is to help
participants get to know and love Jesus Christ better in order to
live a deeper and more authentic Christian life of service
Each day of Lent we provide daily prayer
material, a reading from Scripture, a picture and other
reflections. We ask you to spend from 10 minutes to an hour each
day of Lent praying with this material.
Local Group Meeting
You are invited to form a group with friends, neighbours, parishioners
and both share how things have gone and go over different ways of
praying each week of Lent. If you want to organise a group you
don't have to be an expert in prayer; we provide helpful written
What is new about this retreat is that throughout Britain there will
be groups of up to a dozen people, led by a prayer guide. These groups
will pray and reflect on their prayer together once a week. The prayer
guide will also lead the members of the group in different ways of
Would you like to Lead a Group?
If you have a reasonable knowledge of Ignatian Spirituality, know how
to lead people in different methods of prayer such as Lectio
Imaginative Contemplation, the Examen
would like to lead a group in your area, then get in touch with us.
Location: You will need to find a suitable location for
the group to meet once a week.
If this is a public space like a church room, then you will need to
check if there will be any charge made, and if so, to ensure that the
group can cover this. You may well find that your local church would
be happy to sponsor and publicise this Lent of Prayer.
If you use your own home or other private space, you would be advised
to meet any prospective participants who you don’t know in a public
If you would like your group to be open to anyone
interested in the area then we could put anyone who contacts us from
your area in touch with you.
Ideally participants should be encouraged
to bring their smartphones to the first meeting so they can find the
retreat online. Those without phones and without computer access could
be given a booklet available free from the ISC, Glasgow. The full
material will also be available online to print yourself.
Each week you will need to facilitate the group
to help them share the fruits of their prayer. Group Meeting Outlines
Meetings should be once a week beginning before Lent
starts so you can make sure everyone has access to the materials and
is ready to begin on Ash Wednesday. The last meeting should be in Holy
Week or in Easter Week. Meetings should probably last about 2 hours.
People always feel more welcome if there is a cup of tea or coffee on
offer when they arrive.
Join the Lent Retreat
This Lent Retreat is a course in prayer. It’s aim is to help you get
to know and love Jesus Christ better in order to live a deeper and
more authentic Christian life of service.
Time for Prayer:
Ideally you should be able to find a time to
pray with the Scripture or other material daily; anything from 15
minutes to an hour a day, whatever you find helps you.
If you have a Lent Retreat group locally, then
make a weekly date with them. This will support you in your prayer and
help you see where God is in your prayer and in your life. It will
also introduce you to different ways of praying with Scripture.
Choose what is most convenient for you: we
provide the materials online for a computer, in printable form via a
.pdf A4 sheet and via a printed booklet.
Every day there is one passage from Scripture plus another meditation
and a picture to ponder. We also give a few suggestions each day on
how to pray the day’s materials.
Reflecting on Prayer;
It would be good if after each day’s
prayer you jotted down in a journal a few notes on how the prayer had
gone. This will help your sharing in the group if you have one. It
will also be interesting to reflect on how things are moving during
Lent and see whether you discern any patterns in the way God is
dealing with you.