All prayers groups are suspended until further notice.
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.
Marian Prayer Group
The Marian Prayer Group meets every first and third Wednesday in the month at 7.30pm 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. Suspended
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.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is on Thursdays from 2.00pm – 3.00pm and on Fridays from 7.00pm – 8.00pm.
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. We are continuing our meditation group of silent contemplative prayer using Zoom video. We meet on two Wednesday evenings each month with a talk and period of silent contemplative prayer. Please contact Caterina Brown for more information and Zoom details. Tel: 01243 554001