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Quiet Day with the Walking Madonna
- Course Dates: Fri 6 July 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Elizabeth Frink’s Walking Madonna is sited on the Green of Salisbury Cathedral, facing the city she invites us to take time with her as a representative of those who are out-lookers.
The morning begins with the day’s introduction and an opening prayer. The first session offers a brief description of the sculptor and her sculpture with the invitation to reflect on one’s personal images of the Madonna as Mary, the mother of Jesus. Through metaphor and imagery we explore the significance of this iconic figure. Engaging with the Madonna may result in deeper questioning of her or of self in the quiet time after coffee.
Prior to lunch, weather permitting, there is an opportunity to take a meditative walk to the Walking Madonna.
The afternoon resumes with a stilling exercise before we re-engage with the Madonna. We explore more fully the relationship between Mary, as mother, and Jesus, her son. The complexity of her story is acknowledged as we consider Rev Frances Young’s description of the Walking Madonna as “A member of the community of the risen Christ — ”. The implications of that may inform the last period of personal reflection.
We will regroup after tea for prayer and final reflection.
The day will include periods for personal reflection as well as two teaching sessions. Participants will be encouraged to keep a silence after these sessions. Talking happens during lunch but a table can be allocated for those wishing to remain silent. Quotations and thoughts for reflection will be available. Midday prayer is available in the College at 12.45pm.