Welcome to the spirituality page of the Christ Church website.
This page will be regularly updated with details of our spirituality programme at the cathedral and links to other programmes that may be of interest to those who are concerned about the spiritual/interior life from a Christian perspective.
In the cathedral we have a small chapel that is used each day by visitors for personal prayer. On the altar of that chapel (commonly called the Trinity Chapel) is an icon, pictured below.
The Trinity Icon is written in the style of the Russian Iconographer, Andrei Rublev, considered one of the greatest medieval icon writers of his time. This icon was written by Georgetta Simion following a commission by the Dean of Christ Church in 2009. Georgetta studied art at the University of Bucharest and is a prolific icon writer of the Romanian school.
The space in the foreground of the icon invites us into the relationship of the Trinity. That is what this page of the cathedral website also aims to do: it invites you into the relationship of the Trinity through the practices of Christian spirituality that have been handed on to us from generations gone by.
Retreat in the City 2014
Now in its second year, we are pleased to say that Retreat in the City is back for 2014!
Taking place in the historic surroundings of our cathedral, the retreat is designed to help us find peace in the midst of the busyness of the city centre. Our lives tend to be full of noise and mayhem. Learning how to create space for peace and to connect with God will help us beyond the time of the weekend retreat itself. It is a practice that we can take on into our daily lives.
Full details of the retreat can be found here, but briefly we look forward to Sue Grier of Immanuel Christian Retreat Centre in Ramelton, Donegal, joining us from 21-23 February 2014. Sue has a wide experience in Christian spirituality and will be leading sessions on St Bonaventure's The Tree of Life.
Places are limited on the retreat to please book early to avoid disappointment. Again, details can be found here.
Centring prayer is a method of prayer that comes out of the Christian tradition, principally The Cloud of Unknowing, by an anonymous 14th Century author and St. John of the Cross. The historical roots of centring prayer go back to St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusettes, where Fr. Thomas Keating was abbot from 1961 to 1981. Today centring prayer is practised by people from all over the world with many networks of small faith communities such as Contemplative Outreach Ireland who in communion with many other networks from around the world are contributing to the renewal of the Christian contemplative dimension of the Gospel in everyday life.
There is a centring prayer group that meets in the cathedral’s ancient crypt each Wednesday night from 7.30-8.30pm. If you would like to know more please come and join us or contact the Rev'd Garth Bunting, email@example.com. For more information on the method of centring prayer please watch this clip by Fr Thomas Keating by clicking here.
We are pleased that our next centring prayer workshop will take place in the cathedral's music room on Saturday 7th September 2013 from 10am-12.30pm. If you are interested, please mark the date in your diary and visit here for more information about booking a place
Open Door Spiritual Practices Course
This NEW course is being run for the parishes in St Ann's Rural Deanery area of Dublin. This area covers the parishes of St Catherine & St James with St Audoen, Rathmines, Sandford, St Ann, St Bartholomew, Donnybrook and Sandymount.
Its purpose is to give participants skills that will help open up a door in our relationship with God; a door that we can enter toward a fuller and deeper faith and a door into our lives through which God can enter as we seek to see God at work in the world around us and in us.
Six spiritual practices will be introduced on the course and they are: Holy Reading (Lectio Divina), Journaling, Prayer of Examen, Meditation in the Christian Tradition, Pray with Clay and Spiritual Direction. The course will be led by Garth Bunting and Carol Casey. For more information, please click here.