Join Fr. Chris for a midweek reprieve. Midweek Motivation features 5-10 minute noonday prayers, followed by an introduction to Christian Meditation (sometimes called Contemplative or Centering Prayer). Stay for as long or as little as you'd like.
Fr. Chris suggests downloading the Centering Prayer app by Contemplative Outreach, found in the App Store and in the Google Play App.
AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR NOONDAY (p. 103 BCP)
Opening Acclamation and Gloria
Psalm 119 p. 103
Romans 5.1-5 (NASB, followed by a brief reflection)
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Kyrie ("Lord have mercy") p. 106
The Lord's Prayer p. 106
Salutation and Collect p. 107
A Prayer During Time of Anxiety (Adapted from the Episcopal Peace Fellowship)
Eternal God, You abide though all things change. We are anxious and fearful, and we turn our hearts to You,
looking to You and leaning on Your strength.
It is written (Psalm 84:5):
"Blessed is the one whose strength is in You."
Bless us now with faith and courage. Help us to feel that You are with us, steadying and sustaining us with the assurance that we are loved.
Be with us and bring us hope, that in the days to come, our aspirations may be fulfilled for our good,
and the good of those we love who depend on us.
Banish our fears with the sense that you are always present,
to uphold and sustain us, as it is written (Isaiah 41:10)
"Have no fear, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with the power of My righteousness." Amen.
An Introduction to Contemplative or Centering Prayer in the Christian Tradition
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
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