Have you ever been to St Mary’s Cathedral, 300 Great Western Road, Glasgow G4?
Led by Provost Kelvin Holdsworth, the community at St Mary’s – open, inclusive, welcoming to people of all faiths and all spiritual seekers – is offering a programme of times for reflection – silence in the city – during this autumn 2012. The programme is free, and open to anyone needing some time of peace and silence.
Sunday August 19th from 8-9 pm, then Thursday August 23rd from 12.30-1.30pm
Sunday September 16th from 8-9 pm, then Thursday September 20th from 12.30-1.30pm
Sunday October 21st from 8-9 pm, then Thursday October 25th from 12.30-1.30pm
Sunday November 18th from 8-9 pm, then Thursday November 22nd from 12.30-1.30pm
These drop-in hours are free, although any donations to St Mary’s Cathedral funds are always welcome! Anyone can come along, for as long as feels comfortable – you don’t have to stay for the whole hour, but please do leave quietly. You can sit anywhere you wish in the Cathedral during your visit. Gentle music and a brief introduction from Vice-Provost Cedric Blakey begins the hour, music again draws the hour to a close. Candles are lit throughout to help you to connect to your time of peace.
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A major inspiration for setting up St Mary’s Cathedral’s The Open Silence was provided by the series of programmes presented by Christopher Jamison, Abbot of Worth Abbey, in 2010, ‘The Big Silence’, in which five participants were “……invited to take the wisdom of silence found in the monastery……” and carry it back into their everyday lives.
Father Jamison is convinced that everyone – atheist, agnostic, lapsed, uncertain, seeking – can benefit from sustained, regular periods of silence. “When we enter into periods of silence, we start to see things with greater clarity. We come to know ourselves, and come in touch with that deepest part of ourselves. That is our soul.”
If readers are interested in reading more about this project, which I – and many others I spoke to – found moving, challenging and inspiring – click HERE.
500 words copyright Anne Whitaker 2012
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