Fifty from all over England attended a retreat (8-10 Dec) on ‘The Glorious Sacrament of Matrimony’, preached by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP at the Franciscan Priory in Pantasaph, Wales.
NEW: great series of pictures and aerial video here! Send us more pictures from the retreat if you have any.
At a time of great confusion about the essence, origin and purpose of Matrimony; of the rights and duties of spouses; and of the specific graces granted them by God, participants sought clarification and encouragement.
We had several spiritual conferences a day; Stations of the Cross along the life-size Via Dolorosa, up to Calvary Hill (covered with snow). We had daily Mass in the Extraordinary Form, starting on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Actually, the blanket of snow provided a beautiful symbol for Our Lady's priviledge, and an inspiration while meditating on the glories of Holy Matrimony.
Participants were also invited to pray for so many spouses in difficulty. Their names were written on small pieces of paper and left in a basket which was set by the altar during Holy Mass and Adoration. By the end of the retreat, the basket was filled up to the brim - as with intercessory 'snowflakes'.
Sadly, this was the very last retreat to take place before the Centre closes down this week. If you have a few spare millions (!) to invest in the Church of tomorrow, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will offer the good friars to run the place for them as a retreat centre or a school. Anything better than yet another hotel-spa!
May Our Lady Immaculate obtain healing, guidance and santicty for all spouses.