centering prayer
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Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a method that develops contemplative prayer, a pure gift of God in the opening of the mind, heart, and whole being to God beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. It is not meant to replace other channels of prayer, but reframe those types of prayer from conversation to communion with Christ and the trinitarian Godhead. 

The root of Centering Prayer is listening to God in Scripture through the practice, or practices surrounding, Lectio Divina. It is a resting in and conversation with God. It is inspired by Christ’s sermon on the Mount when he says”

“… but when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.”
Matthew 6:6

An opportunity to experience intimate moments with Christ...

Centering Prayer at Ascension

Sunday Centering Prayer

Sunday Centering Prayer will recommence in the Spring Semester of 2019. Sunday Centering Prayer meets in the Library in the parish office during the Sunday School hour, beginning at 9:15 am. The session begins with Centering Prayer and is followed by a discussion of a resource or topic at the discretion of the group. 

Monday Centering Prayer

Monday Centering Prayer at Ascension meets regularly each week on Monday evenings at 5:15 pm in the chapel. It is a great prelude to Evening Prayer. You can enter the chapel through the office or through the chapel doors on the Northshore side of the building. This group just meets for Centering Prayer. Thus, the session encompasses just the introductory reading, the sounding of a bell, 20 minutes of silence, then the Lord’s Prayer as a conclusion. Typically the group is done around 5:35-5:40 pm, just in time for Evening Prayer.

Thursday Centering Prayer

Thursday Centering Prayer at Ascension meets regularly each week on Thursdays at 4:30 pm in the Library (in the main office). We begin with a period of Centering Prayer meditation followed by a short prayer or verse of scripture that is read. We then sit for 20 minutes, introduced with a bell or recorded music, after which we recite the Lord’s Prayer at a pace much slower and thoughtful than is normally practiced. A reading of the Gospel for the coming Sunday is read three times with a pause in-between for reflection. We look for a particular word or phrase that speaks to you or jumps out to you. The discussion that follows is typically lively and inspired. The meeting is concluded with a prayer including personal prayer requests.