COME TO QUIET
Following on the five weeks of Contemplative Prayer sessions held in conjunction with Lent, there has been a request that we continue with a communal session once a month. This session will be known as “Come to Quiet” and will take place on the first Tuesday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Lindisfarne Lounge. The first of these meetings will be on the 1st of May.
Those of us who gathered together for the DVD talks and the practice of centering prayer each time, have established a bond with one another. Father Thomas Keating says that a regular meeting of such a support group “serves as a source of encouragement”. We are not yet quite sure what format the monthly meetings will take, but there will always be a prayer time and a time for fellowship.
One of the sessions we had included the walking of a Labyrinth which was set up in the church. Even if you were not able to come to the Lenten sessions, we invite you to join us for Come to Quiet. I quote some more guidelines from Father Thomas Keating: “Centering prayer is a method designed to deepen the relationship with Christ. It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; it simply puts other kinds of prayer into a new and fuller perspective. During the time of prayer, we consent to God’s presence and action within… The root of prayer is interior silence. We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words. But this is only one expression. Deep prayer is the laying aside of thought. It is the opening of mind and heart, body and feelings – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery beyond words, thoughts, and emotions.”
If you have never done contemplative prayer, we will explain the basics to you before you put it into practice. Take some time out from your busy life and find some time to be still with God. You will be very welcome!
St Aidan’s Labyrinth
As part of the Contemplative Prayer Group Meeting on 28 March, the floor of the church was turned into a labyrinth, which those present were able to find their way to the cross in the middle and back again.