An invitation to participate in our first on line Gathering retrospectively

Easter Sunday 2021 we were blessed to share in our first Contemplative Fire online Gathering. Our Founder Philip Roderick, Charlotte Wright and Ali Dorey worked together to craft our Gathering, which included sharing bread and wine together across the ether, following the profound and ancient Way of Jesus.  This, for us, is deeply real. The Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition has twin ingredients in its understanding of God. Both the Essence of God – (unknowable essence) and the Energy of God (the experience of God’s love manifest in the world). Through the medium of Zoom, we are now dancing with this tradition and thought as we share together across the millennia and miles.

Those that were able to attend the event live very much valued the experience, and we share the link to the recording here if you would like to join us as we celebrate…

  • Please find below the poem ‘Christ’s Body’ by Symeon the New Theologian. You might find it helpful to print this to have as a reference and to read it before the Gathering to familiarise yourself with it.
  • We encourage everyone to collect items, images and objects to arrange near your computer to a create a sacred space and make ‘an icon of the home’.
  • Have some paper and writing materials ready to use when invited during the Gathering.
  • You are invited to bring some bread or similar food that can be broken, to break as the priest breaks the Communion bread, and some wine or other drink to pour in conjunction with the priest.

‘Christ’s body’   by Symeon the New Theologian

We awaken in Christ’s body
as Christ awakens our bodies,
and my poor hand is Christ, He enters
my foot, and is infinitely me.

I move my hand, and wonderfully
my hand becomes Christ, becomes all of Him
(for God is indivisibly
whole, seamless in His Godhood).

I move my foot, and at once
He appears like a flash of lightning.
Do my words seem blasphemous? — Then
open your heart to Him

and let yourself receive the one
who is opening to you so deeply.
For if we genuinely love Him,
we wake up inside Christ’s body

where all our body, all over,
every most hidden part of it,
is realized in joy as Him,
and He makes us, utterly, real,

and everything that is hurt, everything
that seemed to us dark, harsh, shameful,
maimed, ugly, irreparably
damaged, is in Him transformed

and recognized as whole, as lovely,
and radiant in His light
he awakens as the Beloved
in every last part of our body.

Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022) was a saint and mystic revered to this day by Eastern Christians