What the Retreat Involves
and the Pathways to God website in
London are offering a retreat for Lent 2020. The prayer is available
via an email linking to web pages online, or in a book.
This Lent Retreat is a course in prayer based on the Spiritual
Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola. 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 and for one week of Easter,
we provide daily prayer material, a picture and other
reflections. We ask you to spend from 15 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 in your prayer this week. We
also suggest that a new method of prayer or material to be pondered is
introduced each week of Lent. If you want to organise a group we
will provide you with helpful written materials each week, so you
don't have to be an expert in prayer.
Would you like to Lead a Group?
If you have a reasonable knowledge of Ignatian Spirituality,
understand different methods of prayer such as Lectio Divina,
Imaginative Contemplation and the Examen
, and 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.
Each week you will need to facilitate the group
to help them share the fruits of their prayer. Group
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
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 or smartphone or via a
Every day there is one passage from Scripture plus 'A Thought for
Today' and a picture to ponder. We also give a few suggestions 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.
18-19 January @ ISC, 35 Scott St.
Edinburgh and London 2020.