Carmel in the City, the Carmelite Spirituality Group which meets monthly in the heart of London, celebrated its tenth anniversary on Saturday 3rd February 2018.
Members of the community were joined by a number of guests, including Fr. Kevin Alban, O.Carm. (Prior Provincial of the Carmelites in Britain), Fr. Michael Cox, O.Carm. (National Chaplain to the Carmelite Third Order), Rosie Bradshaw (Moderator of the Third Order in Britain), the Third Order National Council, and representatives of the Discalced Carmelite Secular Order.
The festivities began with a celebration of the Eucharist, at which Fr. Michael presided. Just as ten years previously, the community celebrated the Feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple, or Candlemas, and the liturgy began with the blessing of candles and a procession of light through the church. In his homily, Fr. Kevin spoke of Carmel in the City as a beacon of light, sharing the joy of Christ with those in the capital.
Fr. Michael Cox, O.Carm., blessing candles.
Fr. Kevin Alban, O.Carm., preaching.
Participants in the celebration had travelled not only from across London and the Southeast but also East Anglia, Birmingham, York, Lancashire, and Northumberland.
Like other Carmelite Spirituality Groups, the aim of Carmel in the City is to share the riches of the Order's charism with the general public in fresh and engaging ways, drawing together members of the Carmelite Third Order, friars, and any interested person.
After a shared lunch, and a delicious cake, participants introduced themselves and spoke of what Carmel means to them.
Sylvia Lucas (convenor of Carmel in the City) and some of the group's young visitors cutting the festive cake.
Group reflection and Lectio Divina meditation on the Bible.
Ad multos annos!
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