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LMS Typikon

The purpose of this typikon is to establish the basis of the “formation” of the Lay Missionaries of LTS during their service based on faithfulness to the four foundational aspects of the Lived Theology School:

  • diakonia (service)
  • liturgy
  • theological reflection
  • community

Each of these four aspects require a certain synergy (co-operation) in order for each Lay Missionary to benefit as fully as possible from the program. This typikon, therefore, seeks to maintain a balanced life for the duration of the period of sevice. It has become clear, from past experience, that it is necessary to ensure that each aspect of the program needs to have its rightful place in an orderly way.

The life of a Lay Missionary at St John's is without doubt demanding, physically, mentally and even emotionally. The typikon therefore exists to assist them in living the life of the Mission and LTS.

There are many intern programs but the LTS Lay Missionary Service differs inasmuch as a strong emphasis is placed on the theological formation element and therefore there are clear guidelines on this aspect of the program. What the typikon seeks to do is to cover adequately not only the four key elements above but also a generally balanced Christian life that includes a sound spiritual and also personal life including times for re-creation and fellowship whilst defending the core of the LTS program. To be a disciple requires discipline.

The following chapters are given in no particular order of preference as each blends into the other.

Weekly Cycle

Each week will contain the following elements:

  • daily theological reflection periods (except day off)
  • weekly theological reflection sessions (one whole day)
  • morning and evening prayers
  • diakonia (at Mission etc)
  • involvement in life of St Silouan parish
  • liturgy at Mission
  • communal meals (at Mission and Lourmel)
  • free time (one full day + pm's)
  • regular sleep!
  • Lay Missionaries will keep a weekly log of their experience of their service that will form the basis of a communal reflection of the same with the Prefect/Dean of LTS

Annual Cycle

  • retreats (3 during the year)

  • seminars as arranged

  • “rest” time as arranged (excludes Christmas and Great Lent/Pascha)

  • Mission summer pattern

  • Mission winter pattern (much heavier)

Spiritual Life of Lay Missionaries

  • Fr Roberto shall be the regular confessor for each lay missionary
  • frequency of confession as per missionary's normal practice
  • diocesan frequency is 4-6 weeks for those receiving Communion weekly
  • shall to all intent and purpose regard themselves as members of St Silouan parish during his/her service
  • are expected to attend all services of the Mission and the parish
  • will grow towards taking a leadership role in Mission services
  • will share in the care of the chapel
  • shall have morning and evening prayers together daily
  • ensure a disciplined use of time, especially on weekdays

Theological Reflection

An integral part of the program

  • weekly with Prefect or other members of the teaching staff of LTS (normally Thursday)
  • weekly with the Dean of LTS (Fr Roberto)
  • “Bridges” on Wednesday evenings (see www.stsilouan.org)

Regular, even daily, spritual and other reading should become part of one's routine.