Holy Week and Easter Retreat
1st to 8th April 2012
Led by Laurence Freeman
The Bere Island Easter Retreat will be an interior pilgrimage of the Easter mysteries as they unfold in Holy Week. The retreat programme includes regular meditation periods, talks by Fr
Laurence, the Easter liturgies with the island people with time for reading, walks and solitude. With its deep history and great natural beauty, Bere Island is an ideal space to open to the spiritual meaning of the season.
Palm Sunday the 1st April opens the retreat with a liturgy in the church at 10.15am followed by a midday talk and meditation at the Heritage Centre. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be on Thursday at 6pm. The Good Friday service will be at 3pm. The Easter Vigil will begin on Saturday at 10.00pm. At dawn on Easter Morning those who wish will assemble by the Standing Stone in the centre of the island. There will be Mass on Easter morning at 10.15 am.
The retreat will conclude at the Heritage Centre at noon with a final talk and meditation. Participants are of course welcome to come before
or stay after the retreat and enjoy the island. The retreat is open to all but some sessions are particularly addressed to young adults.