Prayer is at the centre of Christian life. Speaking, listening
and discerning through prayer builds relationship with God of love at
a community level, as it does with the individual. Christ Church is committed
to living out the baptismal promise to pray, so we pray daily for peace,
for the world, the community, the church's mission and for one another
in the human family in the name of Jesus Christ. We have groups in the
parish who both practice and study prayer, as well as a prayer chain that
answers the call for us to pray for others.
tell a lot about a community by the things they pray for. We pray, most
of all, for peace, for the justice which gives rise to peace, and for
the courage to live the same peace in our lives for which we pray.
We encourage you to pray daily for...
- Peace in the world
- Those who govern at every level
- The needs of the community, especially the marginalized
- The health of the community and of individuals
- Those who work in our public institutions of education, health, and
other public service
- Those who are dying, the repose of the souls who have died, and for
all who mourn.
Church is pleased to receive requests for prayer.
prayers need not be elaborate or eloquent. God knows your need before
you ask, even when you have yet to discern it. Pray with confidence that
God hears, guides, corrects, reconciles and, especially, loves. Resources
for personal prayer, daily office and a schedule of scripture readings
in keeping with days and seasons of the church year are developed seasonally
and available on request.
Place to Pray
Aside from regular worship, when the church
is not being used for liturgy, access to the church and chapel are available
- call or drop by the office during regular office hours.
Our Labyrinth was created in celebration of our first 100 years as a community
of faith. Created from paving and other stones, it is set out in courses
that are meant to be walked as an aid to meditation and prayer. The use
of such a form of prayer appears in many cultures and faiths, but ours
is based on the Christian labyrinths you will find throughout old Europe,
including such famous ones as in Amiens or Chartres. Unlike a maze, which
is designed to puzzle and contain, a Labyrinth has one path from outside
into the centre and back. Thus, the experience of the Labyrinth is not
to solve a puzzle, but to be invited into an experience or path of prayer.
is beside the church to the south. It is available at any time for anyone's
respectful use: try it!
Wisdom about Prayer:
Set time aside, every day, to spend with God. If time is tight, pray while
you are doing some repetitive activity (exercising, gardening, cleaning,
even riding the LRT.)
Prayer is portable, but returning to a particular place can help us focus.
Choose a corner of a room, a window, a garden spot, where God can be remembered
and met, every day.
Using an icon or candle can help focus your desire for God. Allow Scripture
or poetry to direct your thoughts. When you get distracted, simply set
the thought aside and turn back to God.
We are embodied creatures, and it is through the body that our prayer
is made. Use a gesture, kneel down, hold a set of prayer beads, or simply
focus on your breath.
Prayer is a relationship, our response to God's continuous invitation.
Like any good relationship, prayer deepens with time. Be still. Be honest.
Be real. Listen for God whose desire is for you.
from the monks of The Society
of St. John the Evangelist,
Episcopal/Anglican Monks, Cambridge MA
- 8th Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2T 3A7