ADVENT – In the Spirit of Carmel

From 28th November 2020

Faith Search and Keeping the Mystery 

Journey with us this Advent in the Spirit of Carmel through our Advent Retreats – Faith Search and Keeping the Mystery. You may choose one or both retreats by clicking on their appropriate buttons below. Faith Search will take place on Saturdays – suitable for those who have time for a longer conversation on the chosen topic. Keeping the Mystery will facilitate an hour of prayer and conversation. Each retreat will be facilitated by our Carmelite team in the hope that you will have nurtured and encountered your personal friendship with God preparing to celebrate Christmas in a different way. 

Description: FAITH SEARCH
Beginning 28th November
Online – Saturdays (10am – 12pm) in Advent

Carmelite Spirituality lays emphasis on each person possessing an experience of God. Unique to the journey of faith is the individual’s encounter with the mystery of God. Participating in our Saturday series during Advent we invite you to explore by reflecting on some of the wisdom and insight given to this well worn spiritual tradition. We hope our time together will be engaging and encouraging for people to contribute as the themes you will be exploring, touch on common issues and concerns any human person, on a journey faith, meets.

It has been said that our society is in the grip of narcissistic tendencies; where “pragmatism” and an “unbridled restlessness” is compounding the attitude “what’s in it for me?”. The end result will be a society that descends into a lack of care and concern for others.

Though within this group you will be involved in an activity calling upon your “individual” experience – nevertheless, joining such a group will contribute to building a community of faith as we begin to discover the movement of the Holy Spirit in the sharing. After proclaiming the famous text of scripture from the Prophet Isaiah 8.23 – 9.1, Jesus then sat down and stated it was being fulfilled in the “hearing” of all who were present.(c.f. Luke 4.22) Well, this is our group. It will be in the listening to one another that you will hear the Spirit and grow your faith.

No one in the group is an “expert” when it comes to the movement of the Holy Spirit. This group is about what the presentations, the reflections, the sharing can get out of you – than what you can get out of them! Silence and time alone in preparation of each group is recommended. The material will be sent in advance of each group meeting. This will form the basis of our conversational time together.

Over our Saturday time together we will be looking at:
Live-stream 10am-12noon UK time
You will receive a small catalyst for provoking reflection on each topic in advance and sent to you by email
Day 1
Invitation: Week 1 Faith Search Invitation
Saturday 28th November
“Behold, I am standing by the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come into you and eat with you, and you with me.” (Rev 3.20.)
Day 2
Attentiveness: Week 2 Faith Search Attentiveness
Saturday 5th December
“There is a sense in which He (God) is at the tip of my pen, my spade, my brush, my needle —of my heart and my thought…..” (Teilhard de Chardin).
Day 3
Keeping company
Saturday 12th December
“It seems that what gave the early Christians courage to persevere was not a secure future, but the certainty of a companionship more powerful than anything the future could bring.” Fr Iain Matthew
Day 4
Who do you say I am?
Saturday 19th December
“For there is no state of prayer, however sublime, in which it is not necessary often to go back to the beginning” (Teresa of Avila)


Beginning 30th November
Online – Mondays (8pm – 9pm) in Advent

A series of 4 reflection evenings to prepare for Christmas. As adults we have an inner desire to do something different to help us celebrate Christmas differently and meaningfully than before. This mini-series may be for you. With its combination of Meditation, Music, Reflection and Silence let the Carmelite community engage your imagination and help keep you in touch with this desire. Join and prepare differently, for your Christmas.  


Over our Monday time together we will be looking at:
Live-stream 8-9pm UK time
You will receive a small catalyst for provoking reflection on each topic in advance and sent to you by email
Day 1
Light from Light: (Week 1 Keeping the Mystery1)
Monday 30th November
“Your Word is a Lamp for my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119
Day 2
The Sound of God Approaching: WEEK TWO The Sound of God approaching Keeping the Mystery
Monday 7th December
The Father spoke one Word, which was his Son, and this Word he speaks always in eternal silence, and in silence must it be heard by the soul.” John of the Cross”
Day 3
Pondering the Word:
Monday 14th December
“Lord, who can grasp all the wealth of just one of your words?”  St.Ephraim
Day 4
Seeing the Word:
Monday 21st  December
“That which was from the beginning..which we have looked upon..the Word of life” 1Jn 1:3

The Carmelite team here looks forward to welcoming you to our online Advent time together.


Please note that all times stated are UK time and talks will be recorded and made available after the event.   We advise the use of Google Chrome as your web browser when watching our events.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.