The Community at Mucknell Abbey are inviting you to join with them at home in holding a Quiet Day on Friday 3 April, which they keep every year in preparation for the start of Holy Week. A number of online resources will be added to the Mucknell Abbey website tomorrow to enable people to come together in prayer for either part or all of the day.
Abbot Thomas says:
“People may ask, as we enter a period of necessary and
officially required lockdown, what is the point of keeping a Quiet Day? Some of
us may now be twice as busy, maintaining essential services; some may be working
from home; some may be struggling to adapt to working from home; some may be
content to work from home but finding it hard to coordinate this with
home-schooling and domestic demands; some may be laid off work, or in
quarantine and unable to go anywhere. What will a Quiet Day offer?
“This month, most of the world’s Christians will be observing
Holy Week and celebrating Easter: that is, walking with Jesus the road of his
Passion and Crucifixion, then experiencing again the astonishing joy of his
Resurrection. Yet many of us will be unable to share in worship to mark this
high point of the Christian year. For those of us who are Christians, sharing
in a Quiet Day – whether actually alone
or by taking longer periods alone – can help us focus on these foundational
Christian stories and what they mean for us today.
“Also, as all of us grapple with new and uncertain realities,
a Quiet Day can help us face our new circumstances. By giving one day a
structure, it helps to ground us in the midst of strange disruptions to our
routine. By giving one day a spacious silence, it helps to calm us and still
the clamour of newscasts and social media surges. By giving one day a voluntary
degree of seclusion, it helps us to restore a sense of ourselves and our
perspective, so we can re-engage more lovingly with those around us.”
Find out more and participate in the day by visiting the Mucknell Abbey website.