A reflective and sacramental journey together

windowTraditional churches follow a synchronised calendar. This means that we all celebrate Christmas, Easter and Pentecost at the same time because we follow a common lectionary (set of readings) – http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/

This is the curriculum of the church and it will take us through all the bible readings that we need in order to grasp the complete teachings of the gospel.

‘The Path’ is a commitment to walk through the seasons of the church calendar with special intent to be formed in Christlikeness. This forms us in the ‘Way of Christ’ not just through words, (head knowledge), but also through liturgy (body knowledge).

The Path begins in early summer and takes us through Advent, a season of expectation and hope, to Christmas and Epiphany.

By late summer we reach the season of Lent which is our preparation season for Easter in the Autumn.

After journeying through the disciplines of Lent we come though the liturgy of Palms, and into Holy Week, the most sacred week of the Christian calendar. During Holy Week we share in the fellowship meal of the last supper, where Jesus taught us how to bless the bread and wine with the meanings of the new covenant after which begins our Easter Vigil. We pass through the pain and forgiveness of Good Friday, and then through the silence of Holy Saturday, to pass over to new Life with the ‘Reaffirmation of Baptism Vows’ early on the day of resurrection.

The Path then continues through the Great Fifty days of Easter, reflecting together about the resurrection life, until we come to Pentecost.

At Pentecost celebrate the infilling of the Holy Spirit with wind and flame and tongues.

As we journey through the darkness of midwinter, carrying the Pentecostal flame for warmth and light through the days of darkness. Gradually, as the powers of light do battle with the powers of darkness, we approach the spring equinox with the celebration of St Michael and All angels. As the path continues beyond these themes towards approaching summer, we pass through All Souls day, to the great celebration of ‘All Saints’ on November 1st.

From here the Path comes to a great conclusion, at the end of the liturgical year with the great Feast day of ‘Christ the King’ We are now in early Summer and ready to do the cycle again and this time deeper as we look forward to the coming of Christ in season of Advent.

 Once this Path has been walked, and once one can narrate its meanings for oneself, it will be a map of salvation, and model a way of attending church that will bring many years of deepening conversion in any church anywhere and even to the ‘ends of the earth’.

Walk the Path and create your own spiritual story.

The discipline:
  1. To attend the special liturgies. (note: this will be demanding the week leading to and including Easter Day)
  2. Weekly preparation on the forthcoming Sunday Gospel reading. This may be done individually but preferable in one of our bible reflection groups.
  3. Attendance at the normal Sunday Eucharist (at any centre) where the priest will give reflections on the same gospel reading that you have prepared.
  4. Reflection group. After Eucharist at St John’s (and after a cup of tea) to reflect around the table together; what were our insights, experiences and inspirations, from scripture and liturgy during the whole week and what meanings have we made of our journey so far. (All group reflections will be done in a structured, safe and respectful way).