Centering Prayer

Cross-of-Candles“O God of peace, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength, by the might of your Spirit, lift us, we pray you, to your presence, where we might be still and know that you are God.”    BCP 1971

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer — verbal, mental or affective prayer — into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.

The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to contemplative prayer, is the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. The effects of Centering Prayer are ecclesial, as the prayer tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love.

For more information on Centering Prayer and instructions on how to practice, visit www.journeycenter.org. To find current times and locations of Centering Prayer at St. Mary's, visit our calendar.

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