What Happens on Retreats?

The Order for Each Day

7:00 a.m. Rising and private prayer.

7:30 a.m. Breakfast. Grace by the Morning Chaplain.

9:00 a.m. Reading and Prayer. The Chaplain reads aloud from the Retreat Library of devotional works, without comment, for at least 45 minutes. There is opportunity for silent meditation or spoken prayer at the conclusion of the hour.

10:00 a.m. A period of silence lasting until the mid-day meal.  Reading, writing, or outdoor rambling at will, but no talking.

12:00 noon Lunch. Grace by the Chaplain. The afternoon is free for conversation, work, or exercise as each sees fit until, at

4:00 p.m. We gather for a half-hour of recorded music, followed by a half-hour of evensong. The nearest West door is flung open and we stand to sing, facing the declining sun.

6:00 p.m. Supper.  Grace by the Evening Chaplain.

7:30 p.m. Reading by the Chaplain, followed by prayer at will.

9:00 p.m. The Lord's Supper.  Lights are extinguished; candles are lit upon our table; we are led in the Chaplain's chosen way as we share the Bread and Cup in remembrance of the One who called disciples apart in an upper room.  The evening hours are spent in quiet conversation among colleagues whose lives, work, problems and hopes are like our own.  Sleep calls us, one by one, and we retire to rest.