Centering Prayer Groups

All are welcome! Times and locations may change. Please contact the Contact Person in advance to confirm.  Click the Island to get the list of active groups on each island and the contact information.  You may print a copy of the list by opening the PDF file at the very bottom of this web page.  Thank you.


We are happy to provide an Introduction to Centering Prayer when invited, just contact Jean Benfer, Chapter Coordinator at 628-400-2644, or email   Our trained presenters are volunteers and there is no charge for the workshops.  Our usual format is a one-day workshop,  from 9am - 2 pm, followed by six 1 1/2 hour weekly sessions.  Please contact us for more information.  All our welcome to attend mini-intros at each of our Mornings of Centering Prayer.

 See downloadable group flyer & Prayers at the very bottom of the page.

Vestibule Prayers

An Ancient Byzantine Prayer

Serene Light, shining in the Ground of my being,
Draw me to yourself,
Draw me past the snares of the senses,
Out of the mazes of the mind,
Free me from symbols, from words,
That I may discover the Signified,
    The Word Unspoken,
In the darkness that veils the ground of my being

Be Still and Know that I am God
Psalm 46:10   

Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I AM.
Be still and know.
Be still.

Vestibule Prayer (From Fr. Keating) 

Here I am, Dear Lord, desperately in need of your Holy Spirit.  Give me your Holy Spirit, according to your promise.  I don’t know how to ask rightly, so I just sit here and allow you to pray in me, asking for what you most want to bestow, which is your own Holy Spirit—with the Gifts through which the Holy Spirit takes over more and more of my life.


By St. Teresa of Avila

Soul, you must seek yourself in Me
And Me you must seek in yourself.

You were created for love
Beautiful, gracious, and thus
In my heart painted,
Should you lose yourself, O my beloved,
    Soul, you must seek yourself in Me.

But if perhaps you should not know
Where you may find Me

Do not go hither and thither,
But, if you should wish to find me,
Me you must seek in yourself.

Prayers after Centering Prayer

(Say the prayer softly and slowly as participants continue to sit in silence with their eyes closed.)

The Lord's Prayer

“Our Father… who art in heaven… hallowed be thy name….  Thy Kingdom come…. Thy will be done…on earth….as it is in heaven….Give us this day…. our daily bread …. and forgive us our trespasses….as we forgive those….who trespass against us…. And lead us not…. Into temptation….but deliver us….from evil…For Thine is the Kingdom….and the Power….and the Glory….forever and ever….Amen

By Teresa of Avila

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things pass away:
    God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing;
    God alone suffices.

Above All, Trust in the Slow Work of God
By Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
     to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way
     to something unknown,
         something new.
Yet it is the law of all progress that is made
     by passing through some stages of instability
         and that may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature gradually. Let them grow.
Let them shape themselves without undue haste.
Do not try to force them on
     as though you could be today what time
         -- that is to say, grace --
     and circumstances
        acting on your own good will
     will make you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new Spirit
     gradually forming in you will be.

Give our Lord the benefit of believing
     that his hand is leading you,
     and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
         in suspense and incomplete.
Above all, trust in the slow work of God,
     our loving vine-dresser.

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