Join us to deepen your relationship with God, yourself and others using forms of prayer based on ancient Christian Monastic Prayer Practices. Below is information on meeting times and locations.
For more information:
Mike Smoolca (860)798-8992
Sunday Evenings (Lower Church)
We will meet on the First and Third Sunday of each month from 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the Lower Church. Newcomer orientation will start at 6:30.
The format we will follow is:
- Guided Welcoming Prayer
- Video Teaching and Dialogue
- Centering Prayer for 20 minutes
- Lectio Divina
Each prayer practice is briefly described below:
- Welcoming Prayer - is consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. This prayer helps dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self system to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing where they are stored – in the body. It continues the process of transformation in Christ initiated in Centering Prayer.
- Centering Prayer - seeks to still the activity of the mind in order to experience a loving awareness of God’s presence. Centering Prayer is a contemporary form of an ancient method of Christian Contemplative Prayer the goes back to the Desert Mothers and Fathers. It was inspired by the 14th Century book The Cloud of the Unknowing and formalized in the 1970's at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts. Centering Prayer adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer into receptive prayer; simply resting in God. This method emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.
- Lectio Divina - means "divine reading." It’s the ancient practice of praying the Scriptures. During Lectio Divina, the practitioner listens to the text of the Bible with the "ear of the heart," as if in conversation with God, and God is suggesting the topics for discussion. Lectio Divina includes moments of reading (lectio), reflecting on (meditatio), responding to (oratio) and resting in (contemplatio) the Word of God with the aim of nourishing and deepening one's relationship with the Divine. Like Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina dates to the time of the Desert Mothers and Fathers and was made a regular Monastic practice in the 6th Century by St Benedict.
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Tuesday Evenings ( ** Lectio Divina Only ** )
We will meet on selected Tuesday evenings in the portable classrooms from 6:00 - 6:45 PM prior to Bible Study with Deacon Art. Below are the details on the times and locations.
6:00 - 6:10 PM: Portable classrooms open for arrival and settling in for beginning of Lectio Divina
6:10 - 6:40 PM: Lectio Divina (Portable Classrooms)
6:40 - 6:45 PM: Entrance to the Parish Center through the school
6:45 - 7:00 PM: Special Prayer Intentions (Parish Center)
7:00 - 8:00 PM: Bible Study with Deacon Art (Parish Center)
Note: On Tuesday evenings, if arriving for Lectio Divina please park in the north parking lot which is where the portable classrooms are located. Click
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