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Fire in the Heart: An online Advent Retreat with Julian of Norwich

First broadcast Saturday 25 November, 10am

Join us live for an online retreat as we enter the sacred and transformative season of Advent, a time of reflection, anticipation, and preparation. Accompanying us through the morning will be Julian of Norwich, one of the most influential figures in Christian spirituality.

Join us from 10am or set your own time for quiet retreat and watch the recording later. The same link to the event, which is provided with your ticket, can be used at anytime afterwards to watch the broadcast at a time of your choosing. Speakers include Claire Gilbert, Julia Mourant, Malcolm Guite, Rachel Mann and Richard Carter. In association with Canterbury Press. Book a ticket below to access the event.



10.00  Welcome and introduction - Christine Smith
10.05  Opening worship – Rachel Mann
10.30  Following Julian into the cell of the heart - Claire Gilbert
11.00  Beholding: ‘His will is to be seen’ (Julian of Norwich) - Richard Carter
11.30  Break
11.45  Mothering God: Prayer in the heart of God - Julia Mourant
12.15  Tell me again: Returning to Julian - Malcolm Guite
12.45  Closing worship – Rachel Mann


About the contributors

Claire Gilbert is the founding director of the Westminster Abbey Institute. Claire is visiting fellow at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, and has been a member of numerous public and advisory bodies. She has authored many books. Her latest book is I, Julian, a fictional autobiography of Julian of Norwich.

Julia Mourant is Programme Leader for the Sarum Course in Spiritual Direction and Tutor in Spiritual Formation and Biblical Studies at Sarum College. She is an Anglican priest who has been involved in training and supervising spiritual directors for many years. Her books include Listening to Your Soul and Listening to Your Life.

Malcolm Guite is a poet, priest, singer and songwriter, and Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge. His poetry is enjoyed throughout the English-speaking world and his many books include Sounding the Seasons (now in its tenth printing), David’s Crown, and Waiting on the Word – a collection of poems and reflections for each day of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.

Rachel Mann is a poet, priest, theologian and writer based in Manchester. Her numerous publications include In The Bleak Midwinter: Advent and Christmas with Christina Rossetti, Love’s Mysteries, and a volume of poetry, A Kingdom of Love.

Richard Carter is a priest at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London’s Trafalgar Square, and founder of its contemplative Nazareth Community. He is the author of The City is My Monastery, In Search of the Lost, and Letters From Nazareth as well as this year’s Church of England Christmas booklet Follow the Star: Join the Song.


Save 10% on books relevant to the retreat from the online bookstall, hosted by Church House Bookshop. https://chbookshop.hymnsam.co.uk/features/advent-retreat-bookstall-2023


Book tickets 

Tickets are £15, or £10 for Church Times subscribers.

Group rates: we know many of you like to watch our online events together. We have a new group rate of  £25 and this will allow up to 10 people to watch our online event together. For groups of 10 plus, please get in touch with us.

Questions? Contact events@hymnsam.co.uk.

Please note, if you’re living overseas or have a commitment on the morning of the 25th November then you can always use the link, which comes with your ticket, to watch a recording of the event at a time of your choosing. 

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