Centering Prayer Group
"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 repay you". -Matthew 6:6
The Contemplative Prayer Group at Parish of the Holy Eucharist has been meeting at Holy Martyrs Church for almost 20 years. Our group consists of people interested in contemplative prayer and meditation in the Christian tradition.
We meet weekly on Tuesdays in the Conference Room off of the narthex from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM.
Our purpose is to support each other in our practice of contemplative prayer and meditation. All are welcome to join us.
While often seen as a practice in Eastern religions, contemplative prayer and meditation have a rich tradition in Christianity reaching back to its beginnings. This tradition has been passed on to us through the Greek and Desert Fathers, Renaissance writers such as St. Therese of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing to modern authors including Thomas Merton and Fr. Thomas Keating.
We extend an invitation to everyone to join us in exploring and practicing this form of prayer.
For further reading on contemplative prayer we suggest these two books by Fr. Keating and published by Continuum International Publishing Group:
Bound separately-Open Mind,
Open Heart and Invitation to Love
Both of these books are bound together with The Mystery of Christ-Foundations for Centering Prayer and the Christian Contemplative Life.