Centering Prayer

What is Centering Prayer?

Centering prayer is a form of meditation used by Christians with emphasis on a period of silence. It was named by Thomas Merton in his book Contemplative Prayer, as a way of “finding one’s deepest center awakening the profound depths of our being in the presence of God”.

The St. Giles Centering Prayer group has met for many years in the Adult Center. However, meetings are currently held on Zoom every Wednesday morning from 7:00am to 8:20am.


The format of the meetings includes:


(1) a short gathering time

(2) a short reading inviting you to begin to center to “God’s presence and action within”

(3) a period of 15-20 minutes of silent contemplative prayer time

(4) a reading by an attendee of a prayer/poem/prose

(5) individual time for attendees to share individual prayer concerns/celebrations of family, church members, others

(6) concluding with the Lord’s Prayer.


Readings often come from the book Women’s Uncommon Prayers. Another reading reference is the book by William Cleary, In God’s Presence. If you would like to share your prayer concerns or if you would like to attend one or more of these meetings, feel free to fill out the form below.