October 24, 2020

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a form of Contemplative prayer which has been part of the history of the Christian tradition for centuries.  Gregory the Great, who lived in the 6th century, called it “resting in God”.  The present term “Centering Prayer,” is the name given by Thomas Merton, a Christian mystical writer and is the term used by today’s writers.   Thomas Keating, a Cistercian monk and Abbot and founder of the Centering prayer movement in the United States , and Cynthia Bourgeault an Episcopal priest and author are two who have revived the interest in this kind of prayer.

Centering prayer is a time of silence, stilling our minds and opening ourselves to the presence of the Trinity, to center on God.  It is resting of the body, mind, heart and emotions, not actively seeking God but encountering God within us as our faith teaches, without interference from us.  Centering prayer is prayer of INTENTION not attention.

Ordinarily we meet the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 5.00pm. During the Coronavirus we will not meet.  

Update September 2, 2020