Centering Prayer

 What is Centering Prayer?

From the Contemplative Outreach website:

Centering Prayer is a receptive 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 Christ.

How is Centering Prayer, erm, well, prayed?

The Guidelines

  1. Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.
  2. Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within.
  3. When engaged with your thoughts,* return ever-so-gently to the sacred word.
  4. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.*thoughts include body sensations, feelings, images, and reflections

For a downloadable guidance booklet on Centering Prayer:

Centering Prayer Method

Centering Prayer Courses

In Spring 2017, Fr. Chris will be offering a course in Centering Prayer and inviting people to form two regular Centering Prayer groups, one based at St. Finnbarr’s in Dornoch, the other in St. Andrew’s, Tain. Further details will be made available at Easter 2017.