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Peter Sills

– an Anglican priest, pilgrimage leader and prayer guide. Welcome to his website!

Like many priests I have developed materials for Christian education and formation, and the main purpose of this website is to make these materials available to anyone who might find them helpful. They are freely available for use in parishes or by individuals. I also give details of recent and forthcoming pilgrimages, retreats and publications. New material is added from time to time, and details are given in the What’s New panel. See below for a Guide to the pages.

DO NOT WEEP FOR ME : A Journey through Holy Week

Based on the Gospel of Luke, with readings and prayers for each day, revised to reflect the Coronavirus pandemic. [Read now]

Two new books, one recent, one soon to be published –

MEDARD’S JOURNEY – Reflections on the Pilgrim Way to Santiago de Compostela

Published in the autumn of 2019, Médard’s Journey brings together the talks that I gave on the 2014 and 2019 pilgrimages. It is based on the experiences of two medieval pilgrims, Médard, a wool merchant from La Chaise Dieu, and Robert, Under-Steward to the Vicompte Beaucaire. The reflections help us to enter into the world of medieval pilgrimage, and explore the spiritual journey of the two pilgrims – their questions and concerns have quite a contemporary ring! Details and a Review on the Pilgrimage page. 

LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS – The Christian Hope for Today

For the last few years I have been working on a book on hope, which, I am pleased to say, is to be published by Sacristy Press in mid-May.

Light in the Darkness explores the Christian hope for today. Taking to heart the petition in the Lord’s Prayer that the Kingdom shall come on earth as it is in heaven I ask, What does it mean for human society and for us individually if we really want heaven on earth? The Christian hope is often thought of simply as a hope for the life to come, but, I argue, if we are true to Jesus’ prayer, then our hope cannot be limited to the life to come, but is also for the life here and now – as the Christian Aid slogan put it, We believe in life before death.

An excellent study; insightful, scholarly, sensible and written in a style that is a joy to read. Erudite and full of wisdom, the connections it makes between scripture and today’s world offer much for careful reflection.  – Bishop Laurie Green

Go to the Books page for a longer version of this introduction.


Guide to the Pages

NB Where sub-pages drop down, there is also content on the main page. Clicking on the page title will open that page.

About: a biographical sketch introduces me, and there is also the text of an article I wrote about The Effect of Economics on Ethics.

Talks collects together occasional talks and reflections on the Christian faith, including ‘A Word in Season’, a series of meditations through the Christian Year. The sub-pages, Advent and Lent, contain talks written for those seasons of the Christian Year, including two sets of meditations for Holy Week.

Spirituality includes materials about Prayer and Spiritual Direction. The sub-page Lectio Divina describes this way of praying with the Bible, or other devotional writing.

Pilgrimage & Retreats explain what pilgrimage and retreats are about and give details of my recent and forthcoming pilgrimages and retreats. Pilgrimage also includes my pilgrimage addresses for the Holy Land, the Camino to Santiago de Compostella, and the Shrine of St Nicholas in Bari. In Retreats you will find the addresses I gave for the Ely Ordination Retreat in 2005: The Living Reminder. 

Books gives details of my publications, most of which can be downloaded.

Courses contains four basic courses covering the Bible, Worship, Prayer, and Christian Faith. The latter course, Believing & Belonging, uses a similar process evangelism approach to ‘Alpha’ and ‘Emmaus’, but with a different spiritual emphasis.

St Benedict brings together materials on Benedictine Spirituality and Leadership.