How do the visual arts inspire us to prayer?
Six people, including the Archbishop Of Canterbury, Patricia Routledge and Charles Harrison, Director of Music at Chichester Cathedral, were asked to choose their favourite painting, picture, or work of art and to explain what their choice says about prayer. Each week, we, as Lent groups, are invited to reflect on the chosen painting by listening to a specially produced podcast in which the guest explains the significance to them personally of the chosen work. In so doing, the guests raise questions for all of us to discuss about our own prayer life and how our prayers develop as we mature, journey on our pilgrimage and discover more about the divine mystery as God speaks to us in good times and bad.
There are six sessions – one for each guest speaker to introduce a work of art – led by members of the congregation. Notes to accompany each session will be provided: these suggest Scripture readings and questions to guide our own thinking and reflection on prayer as well as images of the chosen works of art. The notes and a poster with all the works of art discussed can be downloaded beforehand from the Diocesan website.
The course, which is held in church, is on Wednesday evenings at 7pm.