Centering Prayer Information - St. Anthony of Padua Church

Apr 12, 2018

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Centering Prayer at St. Anthony of Padua Church

Looking to deepen your spiritual practice and experience inner peace? You're in the right place. At St. Anthony of Padua Church, we offer comprehensive resources and guidance on Centering Prayer, a powerful form of meditation that opens pathways to spiritual growth and self-discovery.

What is Centering Prayer?

Centering Prayer is a contemplative practice that brings us closer to our divine essence. It is a silent prayer of resting in God's presence, allowing space for God's love and grace to work within us. Through this practice, we cultivate a deeper connection with the divine and experience a profound sense of peace and unity.

The Benefits of Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer offers numerous benefits for our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being:

  • Deep Relaxation: Centering Prayer brings about a state of deep relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety.
  • Greater Awareness: Regular practice enhances our self-awareness and helps us be more present in each moment.
  • Spiritual Growth: Centering Prayer nurtures our spiritual growth, opening up new dimensions of faith and understanding.
  • Inner Peace: By centering ourselves in God's presence, we experience a profound sense of peace and tranquility.
  • Improved Focus: Through the quiet reflection of Centering Prayer, our ability to concentrate and focus improves.
  • Heightened Compassion: The practice of Centering Prayer fosters a compassionate disposition towards ourselves and others.

Techniques and Practices

Centering Prayer involves several techniques and practices to help guide us on this spiritual journey:

  1. Sitting in Silence: Find a quiet, comfortable space where you can sit without distractions. Close your eyes and gently let go of any thoughts or worries, allowing yourself to be fully present.
  2. Choose a Sacred Word: Select a sacred word or phrase that resonates with you, such as "love" or "peace." Use this word as a focal point and anchor during your prayer.
  3. Return to the Word: Whenever you notice your mind wandering, gently bring your attention back to your sacred word, using it to refocus your prayer.
  4. Allow Silence: Embrace the power of silence during this practice, allowing room for God to speak to your heart and soul.
  5. End with Gratitude: As you conclude your Centering Prayer, express gratitude for the divine presence and the peaceful stillness you've experienced.

The History of Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer has roots in ancient Christian contemplative practices that date back centuries. It draws inspiration from the Desert Fathers and Mothers, early Christian mystics, and the wisdom of various spiritual traditions. In the mid-20th century, the teachings on Centering Prayer were revitalized by renowned Trappist monks Thomas Keating, Basil Pennington, and William Meninger. Since then, Centering Prayer has gained popularity worldwide as a transformative spiritual practice.

Join us for Centering Prayer Sessions

At St. Anthony of Padua Church, we offer regular Centering Prayer sessions where individuals of all faiths can gather together for collective meditation and spiritual growth. Our inclusive community welcomes beginners as well as experienced practitioners.

Session Schedule:

  • Mondays: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Wednesdays: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Fridays: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Come join us in creating a space of peace, contemplation, and harmony as we journey together on the path of Centering Prayer. All are welcome to attend our sessions, regardless of religious backgrounds.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Centering Prayer at St. Anthony of Padua Church, please reach out to us. We are here to support you on your spiritual journey.

Connecticut Korean Presbyterian Church

Address: 123 Main Street, Anytown, CT

Phone: (123) 456-7890

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