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The collects (collectives or community prayers) of the Prayer Book are designed to teach the church as well as petition the Lord. During our time together we will learn to listen to what the collects are saying to us and focus with special intent on the four Advent Collects.  The dozens of collects throughout the Prayer Book will be ours for reflection and meditation.  Our retreat leader will be the Rev. Frank Wade, an ICOH parishioner and an experienced retreat leader, author and teacher.

The Immanuel Advent retreat will be at Holy Cross Abbey in the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains by the Shenandoah River on a 1200 acre farm near Berryville, Virginia. The Cistercian monks of Holy Cross Abbey have been praying on the Berryville property since 1950; retreat participants will benefit from this location steeped in prayer as they explore the retreat theme.  Cistercians observe silence at all times to aid reflection, prayer, and listening to God. During the Advent Retreat, silence will be observed except in the program sessions. For more information about Holy Cross Abbey, consult the website http://www.virginiatrappists.org/

The retreat will begin on Friday afternoon, December 12, shortly before the evening meal and will end after the noon meal on Sunday, December 14.  Participants needing a ride to the Abbey may contact the retreat carpooling coordinator, Carla Murray, at tigmurray08@gmail.com or 703-751-9241.

The $300.00 registration fee includes all materials, comfortable accommodations, individual rooms each with a bathroom, and all meals. Two scholarships given in memory of Charles Willis are available; please contact the rector for scholarship assistance.

Registration is limited to 15 persons, but if there are cancellations, we will first contact those who have asked to be put on a waitlist.  You can add your name to the waitlist by this form.

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