Aramaic Prayer retreat via Zoom
8 Sessions on Sundays:
September 20-November 8
With translation into Spanish
At the request of friends in Colombia, I will be offering an 8-week retreat on the Aramaic Prayer (the “Lord’s Prayer”) in English with Spanish translation, beginning Sunday, 20 September. Each session will last 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours. They will be recorded, in case you cannot make the live session. The live session will begin at 11:00 in Colombia (GMT -5), same as in the Central Time Zone of the USA, and 17:00 in the UK.
Although this was originally envisioned only for Spanish speakers, it is now also being opened to English speakers. I will be speaking English followed by the Spanish translation. In each session, we will take up one line of the prayer. Sessions will include:
- An attunement based on the sounds of the words in which I will expand on the translations I did 30+ years ago in Prayers of the Cosmos.
- A short period of answering questions from the previous week.
- Chanting the prayer with seated or standing body prayer.
- Silent prayer and contemplation keyed to the very challenging times in which we find ourselves today.
In the short video below, recorded in March, I talked about the Prayer in “virus times.” Our earth’s crisis has only become more urgent since then. A focus on the selfless meditation of the Aramaic Prayer can provide healing personally and allow us to send protection and blessing to our surrounding communities:
Because of translation, more time will be spent in chanting and meditation than in looking at word meanings. Both Prayers of the Cosmos and The Hidden Gospel are available in English and Spanish, so these are resources to begin with, which will help deepen the experience of the retreat series.
The retreat will be by donation. Because of the translation work involved, and in order to support those local communities, the organizers have suggested a minimum donation of $80, but no one will be excluded for lack of funds. Registration is required, and people are requested to sign up only if they intend to stay for the full 8-week journey.
Registration and Information:
For English speakers: Sylvia Murillo, firstname.lastname@example.org
WhatsApp: +57 315 340 2013
For Spanish speakers: Esperanza Gonzalez, email@example.com
WhatsApp: +57 311 254 8942
Once you have registered, you may make a donation via PayPal through the following link. You do not need a PayPal account.
Rather than use a separate listserv, I will post audio and video recordings at a web page only available to those who have registered. Questions after each session will be sent to the organizers, with my priority for answering given to those who are Spanish-speaking. I will endeavor to do my best to answer everyone, but this series is, as mentioned, primarily about devotion, prayer, healing and sending blessing rather than linguistics.
This will likely be the only Aramaic Jesus online retreat I will do this autumn.
I hope that you will be able to join us!
Love and blessings,