Class Guide

Session 1

Christian contemplative tradition
Centering Prayer
Welcoming Prayer
The Active Prayer Practice
Lectio Divina

Session 2

Centering Prayer Method

  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 your eyes closed for a couple of minutes.

Session 3

Lectio Divina Method

  1. Reading (Lectio): Read a Scripture passage listening with the “ear of your heart.” What word or phrase captures your attention? Repeat it gently.
  2. Reflecting (Meditatio): Reflect on and relish the words. Be attentive to what speaks to your heart.
  3. Responding (Oratio): As listening deepens, allow responses to arise spontaneously — praise, thanksgiving, questions, petitions.
  4. Resting in (Contemplatio): Simply “be with” God’s presence as you open to deeper meanings of the Word of God for you

Session 4

  1. Rosaries
  2. Anglican Prayer Beads
  3. Lutheran Pocket Rosaries

Session 5

Video for making Anglican Prayer Beads:

Video for making pocket rosary:

Here is a link to get the string tool needed for tying rosary knots.

Session 6

Labyrinth Resources

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