Through prayers and guided practices, participants in the three-day spiritual practice deal with how God speaks to us through places, through our physical environment, and what helps us create and deepen our encounter with Him. By learning about the monastery’s holy places, they work together to find ways to reinterpret and reshape the ordinary spaces of our prayers.
Accompanying: Benedictine monk Fulop Kisenmet and architect Marton Mies
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“The liturgical space leaves an imprint on faith, and on the contrary, the shape of the space reveals a lot about faith.” The Pannonhalma is particularly suitable for exploring and experiencing sacred places, according to Kisnémet Fülöp OSB.
During the three-day spiritual exercise, led by a Benedictine monk and fellow former student from Pannonhalma, architect Marton Mises, participants will also be admitted to places that tourists cannot visit: such as the Shrine of St. Martin’s Church or the Students’ Church of the Grammar School. Attendees guide participants through the spaces they experience as well – so they can experience the spirituality offered by hundreds of years old walls or the always new face of the arboretum, the landscape.
The organizers are convinced that by experiencing the sacred places in Banunhalma, participants can be inspired to experience their daily spaces – their homes, their relationships and their prayers – more consciously in the holy presence of God.
“If we go to church as a tourist, we usually take a closer look at the statues and frescoes, and listen intently to the tour guide. As a tourist attraction, we get to know and feel the House of God much better than when we are in the liturgy. At the Mass, which is the culmination of life Christianity and its source, it is as if space is indifferent, though it has had a great influence on us, says Brother Philip. “That is why I want the spiritual practice to not end in Banunhalma.”
Source and image: Archabbey from Bannonhalma