About Centering Prayer at Saint Mark’s Cathedral
Each Monday evening at 7:15, a small band of pilgrims gather in Thomsen Chapel for an hour of Centering Prayer and discussion. This time of meditative prayer, mostly silent, is open to anyone who yearns for a richer experience of the Divine, or are simply curious about contemplative practice. All are welcome.
Centering Prayer is deeply rooted in Christian contemplative tradition, especially as taught by the 16th-century Spanish mystic known as Juan de la Cruz (St. John of the Cross) and by the anonymous 14th-century English author of The Cloud of Unknowing. It is inspired by Jesus’ formula in Matthew 6:6—“whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” We trust that we will be rewarded with an ever-deepening relationship with God.
Beginning in the 1970s, Trappist monks led by Abbot Thomas Keating developed the specific practices now known as Centering Prayer, in order to revive the Christian meditative tradition in a way that would take it out of the monastery and make it more widely accessible. Thanks to the writings of Keating and others, today thousands around the world employ this method.
Centering Prayer expands our experience and understanding of prayer. It does not replace liturgical prayer or personal prayer using words. In fact, many who practice Centering Prayer find that it enriches the other forms of prayer that they engage in on a daily basis.
If you are curious and want to know more, consider joining the group that gathers each Monday evening at 7:15 p.m. in Thomsen Chapel. Write to ministry leader Dave Eicke with any questions you may have.