The charism of the sessions
history and the development of the Emmanuel Community is closely linked
to Paray-le-Monial as a place of pilgrimage. The first sessions which
the community organised in 1975 brought together hundreds of people
even though the spirituality of the Heart of Jesus was considered
marginal, anachronistic and all but forgotten at that period in time.
This was at least the case in France. Year after year, the number of
participants increased. The sessions multiplied and the international
Today, more than
300,000 pilgrims a year come to sessions and retreats at Paray-le-Monial. The charism of Paray is
especially strong during the summer sessions. Every participant, whether he
comes alone or with family experiences the charism of mercy.
listening to the Word of God and a strong fraternal experience are some things
participants discover in order to live a holy life. A new enthusiasm helps to
equip them to participate in the dynamic of the « New Evangelisation ».
Participants stem from all walks of life and come from all over the world to
where they receive the same graces.
Each session has
the same daily rhythm whether the theme be Families, Music and Liturgy,
Renewal of Christian Life, Christians in society, or Youth.
Lauds is followed by
a teaching given by a priest, layperson or bishop. This is always a
testimony of faith.
A beautifully sung Mass takes
place at eleven o'clock and the afternoon consists of small groups for
sharing and prayer. Afterwards there are workshops on many different
subjects such as : education, family, partnership, work, vocations,
prayer schools, deepening one’s faith, and training in evangelisation).
A time of silent adoration before the exposed Blessed Sacrament follows
and then Vespers takes place in the Basilica. In the evening people
gather together for a prayer vigil which includes singing and
is the secret of Paray-le-Monial ?
Above all it is an
experience of God’s love and most importantly that He is a not a God who is far
away, frightening or full of vengeance. He is a God who is humble, gentle and
close to us. When we contemplate the open Heart of Jesus, we understand the
great love God has for all mankind. We experience reconciliation with Him
through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. At the same time we are reconciled
with ourselves and those around us.
Many people who receive the strength to forgive others in Paray have understood
that they have been forgiven by God. The grace of reconciliation is not only
personal. It also has a social dimension. Popes Paul VI and John Paul II
have consistently reminded us since Vatican II of the importance of forgiveness as
the source of building a Civilisation of Love. We then become witnesses of
this. It is this love which stems from the Heart of Jesus and the fire of the
Spirit that pilgrims receive in Paray-le-Monial. It has become apparent that
the City of the Sacred Heart has become a place where a deep grace of the
Church may be experienced. This grace renews the Church and is necessary for
missions. New strength may be drawn from the Heart of Jesus in order to live in
today’s world as a Christian.
“Come unto me all
ye who are heavy laden and I will give you rest”, says Jesus, “learn from me
for I am gentle and humble of heart, and your souls will find rest”. (Matt. 11
Download the flyer for the sessions
information about the international sessions in Paray-le-Monial :
Two programs of 26
minutes – 25 euros (DVD or VHS secam or pal).
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Sessions for 2011 at Paray-le-Monial
- Retreat for everybody: 01 - 06 July
- Session for 25-35 year-olds: 09 - 14 July
- Session for families and for the whole "family and adoration" : 16 - 21 July
- Session for families and for everybody: 23 - 28 July
- Workshop for single people: 23 - 28 July
- Session for families and for everybody: 30 July - 4 August
- ession for families and for everybody: 6 - 11 August
- International Youth Forum : 11 - 15 August
- WYD at Madrid: 11 - 21 August
To register for a Session, http://www.paray.org/eresa/eresa.isa/?IDLANG=ENG&__sp=home&__id=WebDataModule1.dsaLanguages.setLanguage