A Space for Prayer
My first impression of the prayer space building, its bricks and pillars, was how similar they are to our large, empty mills in Belfast. The soft carpet contributed to the silence beautifully observed by the many pilgrims, school pupils and religious taking time to reflect and pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament. This essential space, in the heart of the International Eucharistic Congress was, and will be, appreciated by the pilgrims who spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Many of them, in many languages, left written copies of their requests and thanks on the Prayer Wall. These included petitions relating to family, the Church and her priests, jobs, health, impending births, deceased relatives and friends and the holy souls in purgatory – all our concerns in life and death are reflected there.
On leaving the Prayer Space today, I asked two pilgrims for their thoughts, one described how very necessary it was, explaining that it was an opportunity for her to sit and recharge her batteries, while focusing her thoughts on all that is going on. The second, a young lad down from a school in Derry, also felt that the prayer space was important – as a place to reflect on ‘what it’s all about’ and, like me, was particularly interested in the Prayer Wall.
In England, appreciating your online coverage; it would be marvelous if photos of the prayer space,rosary garden etc could be attached to the blogs.I have also enjoyed the short videos of the pilgrim bell and the holy family artwork.
Posted on : 13/06/2012