Vespers: Jesus Prayer (25/11)

Welcome to Vespers for 25th November, the last in our ‘Strengthening Our Core’ series. Tonight, Revd Vanessa Conant explores the ancient practice of the Jesus Prayer and its invitation to ‘come and rest’.  Though Vespers draws on over a thousand years of Christian contemplative practice, it’s always for everyone, regardless of background or belief. Tonight’s […]

Vespers: Steadfastness (22/7)

Welcome to our weekly contemplative gathering at St Mary’s which we call Vespers. We’re glad you’re with us. Tonight (22/7) Vespers is led by Natalie Burwell with a reflection from Jacintha Danaswamy.  This is the penultimate in our series called ‘The City is My Monastery’ (based on a book of the same name by Revd […]

Vespers: Sharing (8/7)

Welcome to Vespers for Wednesday 8th July. Tonight, we’ll continue our series called, ‘The City is My Monastery’, which is based on a book of the same name by Revd Richard Carter, by exploring the idea of ‘sharing’. Natalie Burwell leads our online gathering, which includes a poem, two pieces of choral/ instrumental music, two […]

Vespers: Service (10/6)

Welcome to Vespers for Wednesday 10th June – we’re glad you’re with us. Tonight, we begin a new series called, ‘The City is my Monastery’ based on a book of the same name by Revd Richard Carter, and we begin by talking about ‘service’ and how serving others can refresh our souls. Tonight’s online gathering […]

Vespers: Pilgrimage (3/6)

Welcome to Vespers for 3rd June – we’re so glad you’re with us. Tonight, we’ll continue our ‘Lockdown Spirituality’ series with a reflection from Carmen Correa on pilgrimage, and specifically, El Camino de Santiago. As always, Vespers features a poem, two pieces of music, a reflection and two periods of silence. Tonight’s gathering also features […]

Vespers: Discernment (20/5)

Welcome to Vespers for 20th May – we’re so glad you’re with us. Tonight, we’ll reflect on ‘discernment’ as part of our ‘Lockdown Spirituality’ series, drawing on the wisdom and teachings of St Ignatius. As always, Vespers features a poem, two pieces of music, two periods of stillness and a reflection, which this week is […]

Vespers: Listening (13/5)

Welcome to Vespers for Wednesday 13th May – another in our ‘Lockdown Spirituality’ series. Tonight’s online gathering is led by Natalie Burwell and features a poem, two pieces of music, two periods of stillness and a reflection on listening which draws on the teaching of St Ignatius. We’re glad you’re with us; join Vespers now […]

Vespers: Contemplative Silence (29/4)

Welcome to Vespers for 29th March, the third in our ‘Lockdown Spirituality’ series. Tonight we explore contemplative silence: a deep, interior stillness that is the foundation of – or gateway to – prayer. Tonight’s Vespers is led by Natalie Burwell and features two pieces of music, two periods of stillness, a poem and a closing […]

Vespers: Silence (22/4)

Welcome to Vespers for 22nd April, the second in a series we’re calling ‘Lockdown Spirituality’. Over the next several weeks, we’ll explore practices that have grounded monastic communities for centuries, and tonight, we’ll continue our series by looking at the concept of silence, an integral part of the spiritual – and monastic – life. Join […]

Vespers 1st April: Julian of Norwich

Welcome to Vespers – our first gathering in April and the second in our series exploring the wisdom of Julian of Norwich, the 14th century mystic and theologian. This is our first time using Shorthand for Vespers, which is the programme we’ve been using to create our Sunday services, and we hope you enjoy it. […]