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Be still
and know
I am God.
(Psalm 46:10)

A Day of Contemplative Prayer at St Francis of Assisi Church, Saturday, 6/21/14

This Day of Contemplative Prayer has a two-fold purpose:

  • Teach and share knowledge, understanding and practices of contemplative prayers.
  • Raise some funds for St Francis of Assisi Church in appreciation of the Friars and Staff’s support, kindness, and hospitality in providing a place for meditation and contemplation to long-time and new practitioners, as well as to the curious and the seekers.

Contemplative prayer is the loving search for God that goes back to the time of the ancient Israelites and of Jesus. Because it is non-denominational, since we first started, Catholics, Episcopalians, Protestants and Greek and Russians Orthodox have come and prayed together in the Spiritual Direction Room.

Since July 2012, the Franciscan Friars have allowed the centering prayer group to use the Spiritual Direction Room weekly on Thursdays, free of charge, not asking for any donation to help with upkeep, heating and air-conditioning, in spite of increasing maintenance and fuel costs.

We hope and pray that you and/or your friends are able to join the event on this day.

WHEN: Saturday, June 21, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE: San Damiano Hall,
St Francis of Assisi Church
127 West 31st Street, between 6th and 7th Aves.
(Hall is air-conditioned; please bring a sweater or scarf, in case you feel cold.)
WHAT: Presentation and Practice of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina
SCHEDULE: 9:30-10 a.m. Registration
10 – 12 p.m. Centering Prayer
12 – 1 p.m. Eating and Moving Meditations 
(Lunch followed by walking stretching movements)
1 – 3 p.m. Lectio Divina
Suggested Donation: $25 (includes lunch)
Registration Deadline: Please call/email Tessie or Patricia by 6/18/14 to facilitate order of lunch and room set-up.
Contacts: Tessie Pia,,  718-426-4996 or 347-684-1906
Patricia Kehoe,, 914-844-2539 or 917-797-9412

Contemplative Prayer is the opening of the mind and the heart, our whole being to God, which involves our whole intellectual vision of truth and experiential knowledge of love. It is a process of interior transformation, a relationship initiated by God and leading, if we consent, to divine union.

Centering Prayer, in the context of Lectio Divina, is a prayer in which we rest in God’s presence, in silence and in love, consenting to His actions within. It is a prayer that moves us beyond conversation to communion with God. In this prayer, we don’t give God our thoughts or ideas or aspirations– we give God ourselves… Here I am, Lord. I come to do your will. Make of me whatever pleases you. Here I am, Lord. Your will be done.

Lectio Divina is a way of listening to the text of the Scriptures as if we are in conversation with Christ and He is suggesting the topics of discussion, and leads to an attitude of friendship, trust, love, and union. It is a slow praying of the Word of God in the Scriptures in four stages: 

  1. Lectio: Read/Listen attentively with the “ear of the heart”.
  2. Meditatio:Meditate/Reflect deeply on the Word of God heard.
  3. Oratio: Respond in prayer that expresses the meditation experience– praise, thanksgiving, repentance, petition, adoration.
  4. 4. Contemplatio: Contemplate/Rest in God in silence and in love, consenting to His actions within. Contemplation is the love of just being with God in silence, consenting to His will.

Presenter: Tessie Pia, Contemplative Outreach Ltd Commissioned Presenter of Introductory Workshop for Centering Prayer; Facilitator of the weekly Thursday Contemplative Prayer Group at St Francis of Assisi Church; Lector and Eucharistic Minister at St Francis of Assisi Church and the Church of the Ascension in Elmhurst, Queens.

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