There are many ways of praying. Prayer and worship are at the heart of our life at St Chrysostom’s. During the Summer we are encouraging people of our Church to relax, and to find peace and pray. A good number of our people have signed up for our Pray Vespers! intitiative. You can read about that by clicking here.
One very simple form of prayer which through the generations many people have found useful is to quietly read a prayer written by someone else. There are many many beautiful prayers in the Christian tradition, some are like poetry. In them we often find words and sentiments that resonate with us, or nourish our prayer lives, and broaden our spiritual vision.
An example of one such prayer is the prayer of St Richard of Chichester, which we have written about on the church blog (click here), and here is one of St Aelred of Rievaulx. A prayer written by a modern Christian, for peace and justice, we posted on the blog here.
During August this year each day we are publishing a favourite prayer on our church facebook page, and directing attention to it through our twitter feed. Of course people can contribute their own favourite prayer either here (through comments) or through the facebook page.
We are so grateful to the different members of church who have contributed their favourite prayer and we will also use some from other sources too. We hope this will in a small way enrich our prayer life.
We suggest those reading the prayer may like to pause simple for a couple of minutes, rest and take some gentle deep breaths, then quietly read and pray the prayer of the day.