Prayer & Contemplative Living
Prayer is defined in the Catechesis of the Book of Common Prayer as "...responding to God, by thought and by deeds, with or without words."(p.856) There are several kinds of Christian prayer: adoration; praise; thanksgiving; penitence; oblation; intercession; and petition.
Additionally, from the ancient traditions deep within Christianity we find contemplative prayer. Fr. Keating defines this as, "a process within contemplative life; [an] experience or series of experiences leading to the adding state of union with God."(Open Mind, Open Heart, p.12) As such Centering Prayer is a method that brings one into the that process that leads to divine union. St. John's hosts three centering prayer groups: Mondays (8:00am - Parlor), Tuesdays (10:30am - Parlor), and Thursdays (3:30pm - Side Chapel). “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.”
The Order of the Daughters of the King is an order of women who have taken life vows of prayer, service, and evangelism. Part of the ministry of this Order is devotion to regular prayer on behalf of the parish. The St. Mary Magdalene Chapter of the Daughters of the King, chartered here at St. John’s, has taken on a practice of meeting weekly to pray for the concerns of the parish. The Daughters of the King™ have also committed to praying daily and confidentially for concerns submitted for intercessory prayer. Click this link find more information about the Daughters of the King.