Trinity Saint Anskar is now forming a Contemplative Prayer Circle.
We aim to meet weekly for still prayer and fellowship.
are in the process of setting a gathering time - please contact us if
you are interested in joining us.
If there is sufficient interest, we will explore affiliation with the Order of Julian of Norwich, a religious order of the Episcopal Church with a focus on contemplative prayer.
|From The Basics of Still Prayer
by the Order of
Julian of Norwich:
The Prayer of Contemplation (“Still Prayer”): This is the most “heavenly” prayer in that it involves an earthly imitation of the way in which a saint relates to God in heaven. It uses no words (except as “prods” or “anchors”), makes no petition, has no expectations and no “purpose” except union with God. The word contemplation has an interesting etymology: it literally means “the place which has been set aside by the augur to make his observations.” (The augur, of course, was the Roman temple official who examined the entrails of animals to discover a sign of the favor or disfavor of the gods.) From its origins, to contemplate, then, is to watch for God. “Still Prayer” has been described variously by others as “waiting upon God”,
“listening for God”, “resting in the Lord”, “opening oneself to God”, etc.
Still Prayer is characterized by several elements: