Over the last year, we have by necessity rediscovered prayer at home. Cut off from gathering in parishes, some have turned to worshipping online. Others have begun to pray the Daily Office around their dinner table or over Zoom. Maybe you have made a prayer space, an area set aside for sacred encounter. This week, we invite you to explore new ways to hallow your home, embracing the hopeful possibilities of the domestic church.

Try This

Churches are sacred places, explicitly set aside for prayer, but a life of prayer is not confined to a church building on Sunday morning. Our homes are just as holy. If you don’t already have a prayer corner, try creating a space just for prayer inside your home. Simple items like an icon, candle, or flower can reveal your intention for this area and remind you to spend time here with God. Set a plan to meet God at the same time each day. This week, lavish some love on your at-home sanctuary. 

Many of us have been experiencing the loss of our faith communities in these trying times. Fill that gap this week by bringing others into your life of prayer. Invite a friend or family member to connect with you over Zoom. Engage in a time of prayer – formal or informal – with those in your household: a mealtime prayer, a gratitude sharing circle, or a moment of intercessory prayer for those you carry in your hearts. Get creative about how you might gather together with others in Jesus’ name.

For Reflection

Br. Jack talks about having felt “more like a monk” these last months than any time before. Have any of the changes and challenges of the pandemic made you feel “more like” yourself? 

How has this time shifted your own practice of prayer? What have you lost; what have you gained? Consider this time as an invitation from God: Where is God in this for you?

Join Us

Compline | We invite you to join us for monastic “bedtime prayers,” streamed Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:30pm. It’s a wonderful way to say “Goodnight” to God. Catch the live-stream at SSJE.org/chapel or on Facebook.

Facebook Live | Join Br. Jim Woodrum on Facebook each Thursday at 7:15pm for a live conversation on the week's topic with a special guest. We hope to see you there!

Click here to download a one-page summary sheet on "Praying at Home," which you can place on your fridge, prayer corner, or desk.

5 Comments

  1. Jim So on February 27, 2021 at 15:59

    During the past year, I learned how to pray the Rosary and it has kept me on balance through these scary times. Having the beads to hang on to is reassuring. I can’t explain why. Hail, Holy Queen, (Salve, Regina), is surely one of the most beautiful poems in Christendom. A nun who belongs to the Sisters of Saint Francis told me that the Rosary is for everyone. It filled a gaping hole in my spiritual life. It can do so for others, too.

  2. Patricia Barnes on February 26, 2021 at 14:59

    I am very glad and grateful at the honesty of the discussions. I have been a Christian since 1965 and never have I found it so hard to focus on our Lord and pray to him than now. I had never considered how important it was to be aware of my body as I pray – and how I go about it in these days of closed church buildings but open church people! So now I am conscious of how I settle and what I do to exclude the world. Also I find it so helpful to make a Quiet Place in our small bungalow home. And so I place a candle somewhere in each room – and that helps to remind me that God is here too. I have also found it helpful to consciously reference the prayers for each day which are helpfully on my phone. Thank you for your help and support during this strange Lent time.

  3. JJ on February 25, 2021 at 22:54

    I have often wondered what God is up to with this year of isolating and loss of the routines of worship and community. Remembering Jesus’s words to the Samaritan woman at the well, ‘The hour is coming, it is here now, when the worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth….God is spirit and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth’ has helped me to move into more regular praying, reading the scriptures and attending online worship. Thank you, brothers for venturing into live streaming, zoom teaching and facebook videos. It is so good to see and hear you, know that you are well, and are praying on our behalf. The emphasis on prayer is brilliant! Already, it seems that you have offered so many ways to pray, that one could do it all day long, here at home! It has been a good way to connect more deeply to God, who walks this long, dry way along with us, wherever we are. More Lent indeed!

  4. Clark Hendley on February 25, 2021 at 19:48

    Thank you for the conversation with Fr. Lorenzo.

  5. Elizabeth Miel on February 22, 2021 at 16:37

    Kristen mentions the priesthood of all believers. The yearlong closure of
    the churches has helped us to rediscover the ministry of lay people as we offer one another
    in our homes and small groups pastoral care and sacramental worship. This has been a very strange mixed time of high tech assemblies on the internet and something powerful and intimate like the house churches of primitive Christianity. I wonder if we will return to the pre-Covid parish church experience at all in the same way as before.

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