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Spiritual Programmes

Prayer RoomMorning and evening prayer – Mon to Sat – 9.45 am and 6.00 pm

The tradition of the Catholic Church forms the basis of our prayer and is creatively adapted to the needs of today. Morning prayer and an evening reflection are offered in the Prayer Room of the Coach House daily.

Centering prayer – Thursday – 7.30 pm

A centering prayer group takes place in the Prayer Room each Thursday evening. It consists of two 20 minute periods of silent prayer, interspaced by five minutes of meditative walking. (For further information on centering prayer, visit www.contempativeoutreachireland.com).

Adoration Sunday – First Sunday of the month March to November inclusive – 2 pm – 4 pm

We, the Hermitage Team, are offering an afternoon of quiet prayer/reflection/meditation/exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the prayer room of our Centre. It is an opportunity to celebrate the Sabbath in the Sacred Valley of Glendalough. Mass in St. Kevin’s church at 9.30 or 11.30. We will lead the afternoon session, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. People will need to bring a packed lunch, tea/coffee will be provided. Both retreatants and visitors are welcome to join us on these first Sundays.

“Come to me … and you will find rest for your soul.” (Matt 11:27-30)

Guests staying in the hermitages are entirely free to decide whether to participate and to what extent. We deeply respect and honour the uniqueness of each person’s journey and the individual path we are each called to follow. The only requirement is that the atmosphere of silence is maintained.

“Let the beauty you love be what you do;
there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” (Rumi)

Spiritual accompaniment

In making a spiritual journey, it is sometimes helpful to have the support of a companion who can listen to what is going on for us and help to guide us in the exploration of the sacred in our lives and into a deeper relationship with God.

In the ancient Irish tradition of anam chara (soul friend), we at Glendalough Hermitage Centre provide this companionship and support when requested.

Spiritual accompaniment can take a number of different forms and can be availed of by people from all spiritual traditions. It encompasses spiritual direction, guidance around prayer/meditation or simple conversation about life and relationships. It can address issues such as how to pray, where God is in one’s life and one’s personal search for meaning. It is particularly helpful when one feels ‘stuck,’ when life is difficult and it is hard to see the way ahead. It takes place in the spirit of fellowship and in recognition of the fact that we are all journeying together.

To avail of this service, simply contact any member of the team. No previous experience is needed, you do not have to be at a particular stage on your spiritual journey – just ‘come as you are.’