Monday, 26 March 2012

Carmel at Flame 1

On Saturday 24th March 7 Carmelite friars from communities across the UK joined 8500 young people in Wembley Arena. The reason Flame!

Our information stand with the prayer net

Team Carmelite
Damian, Severin,Neil, Paul, Kurt, Ged & Jacek

Flame Congress is inspired by the events of September 2010& by what is to come in Summer 2012.
September 2010 saw the historic visit of Pope Benedict XVI with powerful, memorable scenes in the Piazza at Westminster Cathedral, at the Big Assembly, Twickenham, and in Hyde Park. Thousands of young people joyfully celebrating faith and being affirmed in their voice and role in a vibrant Church.

Damian & Kurt being fraternal

Ice cream break!

Visitors at the prayer point

A view from the stage

Some of our friends joining in the flashmob

The Carmelites asked to be a presence at Flame and to invite young people into prayer. A net was cast for all those who passed us by to stop, talk and pray. Each was invited to write a prayer and place it in our net. The friars, Br. Ged, Br.  Neil, Br. Paul, Br. Jacek, Br. Severin, Br. Kurt and Fr. Damian were amazed and heartened by the people who came by and said hello.  Severin and Jacek were able to speak too many in Polish.  Fr. Damian was greeted by many young people he had met on his visits to schools around the country.  Each one of us got caught up in the atmosphere and left tired and thankful for the day.
We now look forward to welcoming young people to our own community in Aylesford for Brightlights 2012 at the end of June.
Hopefully we will see you there!
God Bless, some tired friars!

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