Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a 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 Him.

The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to contemplative prayer, is the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. The effects of Centering Prayer are ecclesial, as the prayer tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love.Centering Prayer is a form of contemplative prayer which leads to Divine Union with Christ. In the midst of an unstable, changing world, centering prayer is a rock on which to stand and a place to find peace in Christ, while being transformed more and more into Christ.

Two Centering Prayer Groups now meet weekly at St. Mark’s in the nave of the main church building. Both groups are open to newcomers and to persons who simply want to know more about centering prayer. One group meets Mondays at 430pm and the other meets Thursdays at 11am. Visitors are welcome. Come and See!

For more information, call the church office at 501.225.4203 or email Fr. Danny Schieffler at [email protected], or go to