The Cenacle Sisters of England and Ireland

Cenacle Spirituality

 ‘The mystery of the Cenacle expresses our mission in the Church and the significance of Mary in our spirituality. It is the mystery of prayerful expectation and waiting in retreat by the first assembly of the Church, with Mary, directed to that outpouring of the Spirit which sent the apostles to the ends of the earth “clothed with power from on high” (Acts 1: 8; Lk: 24: 49)’ (Cenacle constitutions 2)

As a Cenacle Family we are inspired by and associate ourselves with all those who gathered in the ‘upper room’ during those critical days before and after the passion and resurrection of Christ.

It was in the Cenacle (from the Latin cena meaning supper room) where the disciples shared with Jesus the Passover meal that was to become the Last Supper (Lk 22: 7-27)

It was to this upper room that the apostles returned after the Ascension of Jesus and there ‘constantly devoted themselves to prayer’ together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers’ (Acts 1: 12-15)

It was in this gathering when ‘they were all together in one place’ that the Coming of the Holy Spirit sent them out as witnesses to the Good News of Jesus Christ (Acts 2: 1-4; 22-24)

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