The spirituality of Cor et Lumen Christi has been
influenced and inspired by several streams within the church.
The Eucharist is at the heart of our spirituality and so regularly
our corporate and personal prayer are focused upon the Eucharistic
Lord. The celebration of Mass is central to our life and members
are encouraged to go as often as possible. Community masses
are very important as they allow the community to express
its spirituality at the Eucharistic banquet.
Much of our corporate worship is charismatic in style with
an emphasis upon joy and intimacy and a certain freedom of
expression. The praying of part of the Divine Office whether
sung or said is an important part of our daily worship. These
two forms of public worship, charismatic and liturgical, seem
to complement each other in a wonderful way.
In our personal prayer (one hour a day) we have been deeply
enriched and inspired by the mystical tradition as well as
the charismatic experience. We also strive to fill our lives
with prayer by praying throughout the day.
The community has also been greatly blessed by certain elements
of the Orthodox tradition. Our chapel has three full size
icons painted by an Orthodox brother and blessed by our bishop.
We pray some of the Orthodox liturgy and many of the community
pray the Jesus Prayer.
The saints have a strong presence in our community with a
particular place given to St John the Beloved, St Therese
of Lisieux and Saint Padre Pio.
Mary's presence in the community is gentle and she is venerated
each lunchtime in the community house and in a variety of
other ways throughout the community.
We see our life of living "Divine Communion" with
the Lord in prayer as the source of our communion with each
other and as integral to our mission and the source of its
In addition, we believe that a commitment to prayer is an
act of love for the church and the world. It has a multitude
of effects and a hidden but powerful apostolic fruitfulness
for the advancement of the Kingdom of Light.
As a community, our calling is to become "the heart and
light of Christ through Divine Communion" therefore we
desire to be drawn deeply into the Trinitarian heart of Jesus
which is the bridal chamber of God and His church. Here, throught
the infusion of the Spirit we are bathed in the Fire of Love
and are transfigured into His Light.
The community runs a course on prayer - see Prayer
School under Training Schools in the Events section of