Centering Prayer is a receptive 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 Christ.
• The group will meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month for a half-hour teaching on
contemplative prayer followed by 20 minutes of Centering Prayer practice.
• After the 3rd session in April, the group can decide if they would like to meet weekly.
• For more information about Centering Prayer, to download instructional brochures, and to
order books, visit: www.contemplativeoutreach.org