Prayer is the raising up of the heart and mind to God, and all who are Christian need to seek themselves and the Lord Jesus in prayer. It is not a dispensable option, and Jesus himself called us to pray as part of the fullness of living. It is humbly presenting ourselves to encounter the Lord in the sure hope that we will be transformed.
“Lord, teach us how to pray …”, his disciples asked. He said to them: “When you pray, say: Father, may your name be held holy and your Kingdom come, give us each day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, as we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us, and do not let us fall into temptation.” Luke 11: 1-4.
The Rosary is that traditional way of praying, using beads and reciting a series of prayers: the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be to the Father. Each cycle of twelve prayers is used to reflect on a particular event in the life of Jesus or a mystery of the Christian faith.
The Rosary Group meets on Saturday mornings in the Lady Chapel of the Abbey Church following the 9.00 Mass. It lasts about twenty minutes and all are very welcome.
Marian Prayer Group
The Marian Prayer Group meets every first and third Wednesday in the month at 7.30 pm in the Lady Chapel in the Abbey Church. This is a time to come together and pray in the presence of our Blessed Mother with Rosary, Lectio Divina and shared prayer. Tel. Rachel Davies on 01444 819014 or Fr Rod on 01342 710303 for further details.
Lectio Divina (Latin for Divine Reading) is the traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase our knowledge of God’s word. Lectio Divina has 4 separate steps: read, meditate, pray and contemplate. First a passage of Scripture is read, then its meaning is reflected upon. This is followed by prayer and contemplation on the Word of God.
A group meets every Tuesday evening in Parlour 3 in the Abbey Church from 8.20 – 8.55. Contact Fr Aidan firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Adoration at Worth Abbey takes place on Friday evenings between 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. A time of reflection, Chrimusic and silence. All are welcome.
As part of the Evangelisation Programme Eucharistic Adoration is held at St Dunstan’s, West Hoathly every Sunday from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm.
Christian Meditation Group
The Christian Meditation Group helps us to focus on prayer in a special way. It follows the example of John Main OSB and begins with a teaching, followed by half an hour of prayer focusing the body and mind by the silent repetition of a mantra. The group meets in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Worth Abbey on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 7.45 pm to 8.45 pm. Compline is at 9.00 pm for those who wish to stay. The next dates are 13th and 27th March 2019.
Contact: Caterina Brown on 01243 554001
Mothers Prayer Groups: every Tuesday in St Dunstan’s, West Hoathly, from 12 noon – 2.00 pm; in Balcombe every Tuesday at 12 noon. Call Marie on 07860 845658. All mothers are welcome of all faiths and none.