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MINISTRY OF LAYING-ON OF HANDS
Next: Sunday 2nd December, 9.30am
Following the example of Jesus, and his explicit instructions to his disciples, the ministry of healing for any kind of disease or distress is an integral part of the proclamation and application of the Gospel of compassion.
It is administered by the “Laying on of Hands with prayer” by a priest gently touching the head or shoulders of the person in need. No questions are asked although a person may, if they wish, give their name or a brief description of their concern. It is perfectly acceptable, even encouraged, to receive this ministry on behalf of another who cannot be present.
Those who wish to receive this ministry are invited to make their way to the Lady Chapel (north side of the Cathedral) following the reception of Communion.
The Ministry of Laying on of Hands with Anointing is also available at other times, including after each act of worship. Please contact the Cathedral Office.
First Sunday each month, after 9.30am
Walking the Labyrinth occurs on the first Sunday of each month following the 9.30am Eucharist. If you have not walked the Labyrinth before, you would be most welcome to join the group who regularly do so. Please join us to walk the Labyrinth – we meet under the Rose Window.
The path is always new, because,
as a spiritual discipline, the labyrinth
is a path of contemplation,
reflection, prayer …
Beneath the surface, walking the labyrinth
is a profound discipline in listening,
in active silence, in finding movement
and rhythm in the stillneses underneath
and in between everyday’s noise.
Walking the labyrinth is an exercise
in finding the voice speaking in whispers
underneath the whirlwind of sound.
~ Travis Scholl, “Walking the Labyrinth –
A Place to Pray and Seek God” p.17, IVP Books, 2014
TWO Christian Meditation Groups
Tuesday evening + Thursday morning
The Tuesday evening group meets at 6:45pm in the Lady Chapel, or in St Martin’s House if there is another event being held in the Cathedral. All are welcome also to join us for a shared meal before meditation any time after 5:30pm in the St Martin’s House kitchen. For entry at this time come to the rear corner door and press the buzzer marked “Passage”.
The Thursday morning group meets from 11.30am to 12.15pm in the Choir Room in St Martin’s House. All are welcome to gather for conversation over morning tea before meditation at 11.00am and/or to attend the 12.30pm Eucharist afterwards. Come to main reception in St Martin’s House.
ADVENT STUDY GROUPS
Sundays + Tuesdays in December
Sunday 16th December,
Tuesday 11th + 18th December,
The incarnation – what does it mean to say that Jesus is ‘the Word made flesh’? Was this just a thirty-three year long experiment by God? Or is the incarnation still ongoing today? Come and explore these questions and more over three studies during Advent.
The same content will be covered on Sunday and Tuesday, so if you miss one, you can attend the other! Everyone is most welcome to join us in these reflections.
Wednesday 12th December, 6.00pm
On the second Wednesday of each month all are welcome to share in a contemplative Eucharistic service featuring music, poetry and silence. Guest musicians will play at each of these services to allow the gift of music to enhance our worship as we encounter God in the stillness, and in the bread and wine.
This evening’s theme is
You rise and there appears before you
in all its longings and hesitations
the shape of what you lived.
(Rilke, The Book of Images)
The service commences at 6.00pm, but those who would like to meditate before the service are welcome to arrive from 5.30pm to enjoy the silence in this beautiful space.
ADVENT QUIET MORNING
Saturday 15th December, 9.00am-12noon
The Dean will explore what it means to us to have a God who waits.
What does that mean for this season of Advent?
The time will include some input and some space for ‘waiting’ …
SPECIAL MUSICAL CHRISTMASS PERFORMANCE
Sunday 16th December, 7.00pm
Sunday 16th ~ “Nine Lessons and Carols”
Sung by the Brisbane Choral Artists.
Free entry to this event. Everyone warmly welcomed to join us in our Cathedral!
~ for solace and comfort
Tuesday 18th December, 6.00pm
When faith is sorely tested by life’s circumstances and when the marketing hyperbole rings truly hollow; when illness, bereavement, the loss of a job or the ending of a relationship overwhelms any joy with grief and pain ~ we are here for you.
Our “Blue Christmass” service recognises that for some Christmass is a tough time indeed.
All are most warmly welcomed to join us for this service.