Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sant 'Egidio Prayer tonight!

The Community of Sant'Egidio is a Christian community that is officially recognized by Catholic Church as a "Church public lay association". It claims 50,000 members in more than 70 countries. Its main activities are:
  • Prayer that is based on Scripture
  • Spreading the Gospel and encouraging a vocation to the Gospel in people's lives. their life.
  • Friendship to the poor
  • Commitment to ecumenism or developing relationships with other Christian believers on the lines of faith and justice
  • Communication and dialogue with peoples of other religions and non-believers.
Sant'Egidio members visit the elderly regularly
The Community of Sant'Egidio was founded in Rome in1968 by a group of Roman high school students. It is named after the Roman Church of St. Egidio in Trastevere, its first permanent meeting place. Since 1968, the community has gathered each night to pray and read from the Bible, reflecting on the Gospel, eventually spreading throughout the world with a mission of helping those in need. Their activities include setting up refuges for the old, hospices for AIDS patients, and printing a handbook titled "Where to Eat, Sleep, and Wash in Rome" as gifts to the homeless.

The Sant'Egidio community in Oxford was brought here by way of Boston by Will Schenk and his wife, Sarah Moses. The community prays together, affirms the Christian life in their members and is committed to visiting the elderly at Graceland nursing center. The evening prayer is held at St. John's (in the Church "cry room") at 7pm on the last Tuesday of each month and everyone is welcome.
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