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What the Retreat Involves
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.
The retreat for 2021 is from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.
The ISC:Glasgow and the Pathways to God website in
London are offering a retreat for Lent 2021. The prayer is available via
an email linking to web pages online, or in a book.
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.
Weekly Meeting: The idea of this retreat is that groups of people
support each other. Each person prays daily individually, and then
the group meet weekly together to see how the prayer has been going.
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.
Prayer Materials: Choose what is most convenient for you: we
provide the materials online for a computer or smartphone or via a printed
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
Reflecting on Prayer; We suggest that after each day’s prayer you
jot down in a journal a few notes on how the prayer has 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.
Daily Prayer Each day of Lent and for one week of Easter, we
provide daily material to pray on from 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. There is 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.
Would you like to Lead a Group?
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.
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 space
Publicity: 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.
Prayer Materials: 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.
Facilitation: Each week you will need to facilitate the group to
help them share the fruits of their prayer. Group Meeting Outlines.
Meetings: 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 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
Choose to receive a daily e-mail with the prayer material during Lent.
For those living in SCOTLAND: If you would like to register to join a
local group click here (if there is one available in your area we will
pass on your request to the group leader)
Register a group
If you live in Scotland please register with ISC:Glasgow:
If you live outside Scotland please register with