2018 Theme: Theotokos- Model of Grace
This year we delved into the ancient prayer, The Akathist Hymn of the Theotokos. Rich with symbolism, this hymn follows the life of Mary, “Bride and Maiden ever pure”. The poetic language examines the deep mystery of God’s plan for using a woman to bring salvation to the world. As we explored this prayer we looked to Mary as our model for womanhood. How are we called like Mary to bring God to others? How is our feminine nature a wonderful part of that plan? The Myrrh-Bearers Retreat is rich in prayer, talks, reflection time, and fellowship.
Prayer and meals are communal but sessions are broken into three tracts: girls 7-11, teens 12-17, and women 18+. Girls have teachings, games, and crafts. Teens will have teachings, fellowship, and work on an icon writing project.
We are currently working on next year’s retreat. Stay tuned for the new theme.