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Centering Prayer 4th Monday Evening of each month

Centering Prayer at Ammerdown will take place every fourth Monday of the month between 7.30pm and 8.30pm. Next meeting Monday 27 November in the Ammerdown Chapel.

Entering Prayer is simply sitting in silence, open to God’s love and your love for God. This prayer is beyond thoughts, emotions, or sensations. Like being with a very close friend or lover, where words are not required, Centering Prayer brings your relationship with God to a level deeper than conversation, to pure communion.

Because our minds are so attached to thinking, Father Thomas Keating sometimes suggests choosing a sacred word, with one or two syllables, “as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within. [Then,] sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly, and silently introduce your sacred word. . . . When you become aware of thoughts, return ever-so-gently to your sacred word. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.”

Centering Prayer is a method, referencing Thomas Merton’s definition of contemplation as prayer “centered entirely on the presence of God.” (You can learn more about Centering Prayer through Contemplative Outreach.)

Extract taken from Fr RIchard Rohr's Daily Meditations

Ref: Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel (Amity House: 1986), 109-115.

Ammerdown is running a retreat on Centering Prayer this year:-

Finding Fulfilment

Centering Prayer at Ammerdown 

  • When - every fourth Monday of the month (next date 27 November in the Ammerdown Chapel)
  • Time - 7.30pm and 8.30pm.
  • Where - The Ammerdown Chapel or Harness Meditation Room (please ask on arrival)

Centering Prayer is simply sitting in silence, open to God’s love and your love for God. This prayer is beyond thoughts, emotions, or sensations. Like being with a very close friend or lover, where words are not required, Centering Prayer brings your relationship with God to a level deeper than conversation, to pure communion.

Because our minds are so attached to thinking, Father Thomas Keating sometimes suggests choosing a sacred word, with one or two syllables, “as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within. [Then,] sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly, and silently introduce your sacred word. . . . When you become aware of thoughts, return ever-so-gently to your sacred word. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.”

Centering Prayer is a method, referencing Thomas Merton’s definition of contemplation as prayer “centered entirely on the presence of God.” (You can learn more about Centering Prayer through Contemplative Outreach.)

Ref: Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel (Amity House: 1986), 109-115.

Ammerdown is running two retreats on Centering Prayer this year:-

Alexander Technique and Centering Prayer

Finding Fulfilment