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Centering Prayer Workshop
February 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Centering Prayer is a contemporary form of an ancient way of silent, Christian, contemplative prayer. Its method is drawn from traditional monastic practice of Lectio Divina, and the practices described in the anonymous 14th century classic The Cloud of Unknowing and in the writings of Christian mystics such as Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and Thomas Merton. It is a silent prayer that is often called the prayer of consent. It is a commitment to opening our minds and hearts (our whole being) to God going beyond thoughts, words, or emotions. Since God dwells within us, in Centering Prayer, we are still and silent before God consenting to His presence and action from within. Unlike other forms of prayer, it requires no real action on our part. In fact, it’s just the opposite. During the practice of Centering Prayer, we let go of thoughts, emotions, and feelings and simply rest in the presence of God. Over time, this discipline of being still allows us to experience God’s Presence in everything we do. It can change your life.
If you long for a deeper relationship with God, if you are attracted to silence, or if you want to experience the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your daily life in new ways, please join us for an introductory workshop presented by The Reverend David Frazelle, Senior Associate Rector at Christ Church, Raleigh. The workshop will cover the basics of what Centering Prayer is, where it comes from, how to do it, and why it matters. It will include a chance to try the prayer and time for questions and discussions. All are welcome, and no prior experience is needed.