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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Shh ~ Quiet Winter Retreat ~ Christ of the Hills

TODAY THE POST INVITES you to come away on a brief, quiet retreat. The world is busy and you might like to escape for awhile. Some people come to Christ of the Hills Retreat House in the better weather, but the winter, while it has its own beauty makes traveling difficult.

All the photographs were taken with a phone camera. Our young friend, Nicholas, took some of the pictures while I took the others. DIVNA and the Melodi Choir sing the Cherubic Hymn from the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom:

We, who mystically represent the Cherubim,
and chant the thrice-holy hymn to the Life-giving Trinity,
let us set aside the cares of life
that we may receive the King of all,
Who comes invisibly escorted by the Divine Hosts.

"Divine Hosts" refers to the escort of angels.




11 comments:

  1. You have out done yourself Fr. Stephen. This video retreat is such a wonderful idea to bring us on a visually spiritual journey as if we were walking with you in silent prayer.

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  2. The pictures are so beautiful. I felt invited to be a part of a quiet walk in the woods filled with contemplative prayer. It was a wonderful start to my day. Thank you.

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  3. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this most beautiful winter retreat through the blog, while not being able to be there in real time. Nicolas's photographs and the glorious music together capture the depths of beauty that surround us and that move us more deeply into the great mystery of life...that is, when we remember to stop. Thank you for this swirl of beauty! I'm gonna watch it again!

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  4. Fr. Stephen,
    I now fully grasp the beauty of your retreat house and the serenity it must bring to people who spend time there in prayer. Through your guidance and prayerful teaching I have learned to feel closer to God. A true gift.

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  5. This is quite lovely. Thank you for sharing your beautiful place with us all. I can certainly see how you might be inspired by your surroundings to write of spirituality and the natural world walking among the snow laden trees and your windows into heaven.

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  6. I can picture you walking around your beautiful property with someone, giving calming advice with the understanding you so often showed us. You are missed, but I am thankful for the time you spent in our lives and your continued guidance you give through this blog. There are times when I really need to read it and feel your presence.

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  7. Between your beautiful Winter Retreat and the book "Amazing Grace" by Kathleen Norris, which I have already begun to enjoy. These winter days will pass enjoying the wonder of my faith. God Bless.

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  8. Father, I thank you for making this and sharing it. It is wonderfully inspiring. I watched the images float over the screen in harmony with the beautiful hymn. The three minutes sped by and I found myself watching it again, paying even more attention to what thoughts the images might call to mind. Are those icons and interior pictures from your little church?

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    1. Yes, the icons are all found in the chapel here. The icon of the face of St. John the Baptist is taken from the tabernacle door. The chapel pictured in the winter sunset light is here. It has two names: The Chapel of the Incarnation and Mother of God, Searcher of the Lost. Isn't that lovely?

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  9. I am grateful for this introduction to the Melodi Choir. Their angelic voices and your eye catching photos held me spellbound. Each image seemed to focus me in their own way with a little detail calling attention to itself. This was an effective way to have us stop and reflect for three minutes without distraction.

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    1. And the pictures were taken using only a phone camera. I'm grateful for your attention to observing the details.

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