Saturday was an open day at the local RC convent`s retreat centre, so out of curiosity, I simply had to go visit :-)
There were loads of visitors, and I was warmly welcomed by one of the sisters. The gardens were lovely, and the retreat centre was homely. The sitting room had a variety of videos, including Sister Act, which did make me chuckle.
I made a special point of visiting the Chapel, which was, shall we say - austere by Orthodox standards. There was a statue of Christus Regnat on the wall above the altar, and no crucifix at all in the chapel that I could see, other than that shown in the mini-stations of the Cross around the walls. A few statues, and a tabernacle containing the Blessed Sacrament with a vigil lamp burning before it.
It was very cool and calm and clinical, and I found it very hard to pray there.It just seemed like any other room in any ordinary house, except that we have icons dotted around in every room in our house, and my eyes automatically turn to them when I pray.
I think I am starting to get disorientated without icons, LOL.