Participation in Mystery Schools and Wisdom Schools both as a student and as a teacher has attuned me to the impact that holy days of all the traditions have on the energy field of our planet—and, therefore, on each of us. Intentional participation in the remembrance of these times not only draws us into their power and mystery, but also gives us an opportunity to deepen their effects. The marking of the Christian Holy Week—that period between Palm Sunday and Easter—can open us more deeply to power of sacrifice, liberation, and abiding love.
The marking of the Christian Holy Week—that period between Palm Sunday and Easter—can open us more deeply to the power of its deepest meaning. The deep streams of betrayal, abandonment, death, love, fidelity, and sacrifice all flow together into a great river of confluence in our marking of Holy Week. Riding the currents of this great river, we are brought to a deeper understanding of what was being manifested and transacted in the Passion Mystery and of what is being asked of us in our lives.
I am excited about this upcoming Holy Week Virtual Retreat and am particularly enthused about this program drawing together people who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity for a residential retreat. Thus, while being able to meaningfully participate, everyone will be able to maintain their family and work lives and even continue to be involved with their local worshipping community. No matter where you are or how you are able to participate, we will be together in deep and intentional ways.
This Virtual Holy Week Retreat will start on Passion/Palm Sunday, April 14, and conclude on Easter Sunday morning, April 21. Daily, it will have four components—three of which will be recorded and available each morning. These offerings will be accessible at the start of each day. Included will be (1.) a morning meditation with periods of silence; (2.) a more substantial message with reflections; and (3.) an evening meditation/practice. The final component will be (4.) a lectio divina group on the Zoom online platform at 4 pm (EST) for those who are able to participate. More information will be sent to explain how to access the Zoom group meeting.
Again, all elements will be available, but nothing here is mandatory. The threads of continuity will be able to be held no matter what a person’s commitment.
There is no fee for this retreat, although donations made through my website will be gratefully accepted in support of my work. A signup, however, is required because this retreat will be password protected. This format will help to create a container of safety within which we can do this Holy Week work.
For a more complete description of this virtual program and instructions for signing up, please visit: https://www.williamredfield.com/program/virtual-holy-week-retreat
I would like to answer some questions that have already been raised:
Time. The first is about the length of the audio portions. The morning worship contains two 15 minute periods of silence as well as some readings, brief music for body movement, and a chant. The length is 45 minutes, but this could easily be shortened, based on your needs/schedule. The other two recordings are about 20 minutes long, although Monday and Tuesday evening mediation/practice segments are somewhat longer.
Headphones. Although not necessary, access to these audio recordings will be significantly enhanced by your use of headphones.
Inviting others. If you have friends or family members who you think might also be interested, by all means invite them. I would ask that they sign up on the website so that I have their E-mail address in order to send them the password and other ongoing announcements.
Downloading. The audio recordings can either be listened to on my website or downloaded to your computer.