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Monday, 27 May 2013

Greater Athens chaplaincy comes together for a quiet day

On 27th May, fifty two adults and thirteen young people of the Greater Athens Anglican Chaplaincy came together for a quiet day at the Uniate Convent of I Pammakapistos in the northern suburbs of Athens. We can certainly appreciate that with the upheavals in Greece, a time for prayer and reflection together was much appreciated. The Revd Canon Malcolm Bradshaw, the chaplain of Greater Athens reported that the weather was perfect, the grounds expansive, facilities excellent and the hospitality given by this small religious community was extraordinary. Sr. Frances Dominica of Helen and Douglas House led the Quiet Day. Drawing from her long experience within the Hospice movement she spoke on ‘Me’, ‘You’ and ‘God’. Both the tragedy and the joy in life were touched upon as well as living with unanswerable questions and the mystery of God.

The worship for the day was based on the shape of the Eucharist. It was closely inter-related with the theme of each session. Parallel to the sessions for the adults was a lively programme of art, story-telling and games for young people all built around the story of Moses. The young people gave a short presentation at the end of the Quiet day. There was a unanimous call for another such day next year.


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