Dazzling Darkness: a journey through Lent

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Five evenings of meditation, reflection and creative experience on Zoom, discovering what is vital and life-giving in the shadows...

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I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. Isaiah 45:3

As we journey towards Easter, most likely still living with a certain level of Covid-19 restrictions, we leave behind us a year which for many carried darkness and despair.

This Lent course will be an opportunity to explore the God who dwells in darkness, who calls it good, and who leads us into darkness to find the Divine there. How might we move beyond a dualistic understanding of darkness, finding something vital and life-giving in the shadows?

Join us on a five-week journey through Lent, with a weekly online evening of meditation, reflection and creative experience with guest host Fiona Koefoed-Jespersen.

  • Session 1: BEGINNING | Creation
  • Session 2: MYSTERY | Mount Sinai
  • Session 3: SHADOW | Nicodemus
  • Session 4: PAIN | Gethsemane
  • Session 5: DAWN | Resurrection

Sessions will take place online on Zoom on Wednesday 24/02, 3/03, 10/03, 17/03, 24/03, 7:45-8:55pm. The Zoom room will be open from 7:35pm for a sharp 7:45pm start. When you register for the event, you will receive a zoom link enabling you to join all five sessions.

Additional opportunities:

  • PDF Handouts will be made available to those attending the course, including some of the reflections shared at the sessions and prayers and exercises on the themes to engage with throughout Lent.
  • A 60-minute prayer guide on the same theme will be made available for our day of nonstop prayer in partnership with the Community of the Tree of Life taking place on 11th March. Read more about this and sign-up here.

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About Discipleship at Leicester Cathedral

We invite you to journey with us as we explore what it means to follow Christ and deepen our faith and relationships with each other. Amongst other things, we offer courses, contemplative spaces, events and resources to support you on your discipleship journey. Currently, all of our sessions are running online. They are open for those linked to the Cathedral community, Leicester Diocese and beyond.


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Fiona Koefoed-Jespersen is a Spiritual Director and Pilgrim Guide. She is the founder of Ordinary Pilgrim, as well as being a tutor on the Encounter course at the London Centre for Spiritual Direction. She is passionate about seeking the sacred in the ordinary and, through her work, hopes to facilitate ever-deeper connection with God, our most authentic selves, and all of creation.

Fiona's own spiritual journey has been deeply impacted by exploring the mystic and contemplative ways of experiencing and understanding God, and this Lenten course will touch on one fascinating area of that exploration!

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A warm welcome to you all from Leicester Cathedral.

Leicester Cathedral is at the physical heart of our city and county. Our church, built on the site of a Roman temple and dedicated to St Martin of Tours, has been embedded in the public, economic, cultural and religious life of this community since medieval times. Since 1927, as the seat of the Bishop of Leicester, we now gather people together for worship, celebration, lament, debate and service of the poor and vulnerable. We offer hospitality to the wider church, the communities of faith which make up our multicultural society and those who come as visitors to the East Midlands, especially in search of the story of King Richard III.

We have found here that God’s love is liberating, transcending all the barriers that separate us and calling us to be a pilgrim people. We meet Jesus Christ afresh daily as we serve those most in physical or spiritual need. Every day we see that those who come as strangers so often leave as friends.

We are open for worship and visiting most days –  I invite you to come and see and to join with us in this adventure.

The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester

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