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Friday 10 March 2017

Lent Talk — The Odd Life of St Norbert and his White Canons

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In the course of 2000 years, the Church has developed a great variety of spiritual traditions and ways of living out the command to ‘pray at all times’. This Lent, five guest speakers (plus our own Fr Daniel) will share with us insights from their wealth of experience in their own religious orders that will help us in our own times of prayer. These talks are sure to be a help in strengthening our own Lenten practice of prayer. Talks take place on Saturdays at 11:00 in the Oratory parish centre and are open to the public. Tea and coffee available before from 10:30.

Our next speaker is Fr Stephen Morrison, O.Præm., Subprior of St Philip’s Priory, Chelmsford, on The Odd Life of St Norbert and his White Canons on Saturday 18th March.

The Premonstratensian Canons came into being through the conversion experience of St Norbert, who after a worldly life, came to his senses following a riding accident in 1115. Encouraged by the Pope, Norbert settled in France at Prémontré and established there a community, from which grew the Norbertine Order, still famed for its devotion to the Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin and its dignified celebration of the Liturgy.

1 April — Prayer and Preaching: The spiritual traditions of St Dominic’s Order of Preachers

Fr Richard Finn, O.P.. Director of the Las Casas Institute; Lecturer and Tutor at Blackfriars

8 April — The Still Small Voice that Speaks in Lent: The Prophet Elijah in Carmelite Spirituality
Very Rev. Fr Kevin Alban, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the British Province of Carmelite Friars

Full details of all the talks are available in the Lent, Holy Week and Easter booklet. Printed copies are available at the back of church.