Spiritual Practices and Resources
Ladue Chapel Prayer Walk
We invite you to take a gentle stroll around our church campus with the intention of spending time with God. If you are familiar with Ladue Chapel, look with new eyes and listen deeply, using all of your senses during this journey through God’s creation.
- Light a candle (a common symbol of memory, prayer, and presence; of the light that darkness could not overcome, and of the life that death cannot destroy)
- Take a few deep breaths to still your mind and body
- Be silent and open your heart to God’s presence; you may wish to recite a simple prayer such as this passage from Psalm 25:
- Close your eyes and listen for God’s voice
We can calm our rushing mind and body by being attentive to God’s presence. Our very intention of searching for God is prayer. If we look for God in everything we see, do, hear, taste and feel, we may experience the Spirit praying in us. Through this seeking, may our eyes and ears be opened to the healing presence of God.
Scripture Coming Alive
Another way you may wish to pray with scripture is by reading it out loud or asking someone to read to you. This can be a wonderful way of praying with friends or loved ones from a distance. There’s no need to be still while reading or meditating on a passage; moving can allow the words to move more deeply into our being. You may even wish to strike a pose, such as arms outstretched to the sky or simply curling your body into a ball, asking God to hold you in his loving arms. These are just a few ways we can allow God’s Word to come alive for us today.
“Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.” -Meister Eckhart
When we sit with God in stillness, we open ourselves to the mystery of God. Centering Prayer involves weaving an environment of prayer and is an act of resting in God. It is Trinitarian in its source, Christ-centered in its focus, and ecclesial in its effects, that is, it builds and strengthens the community of faith. Learn how to practice Centering Prayer here. Before beginning this prayer, choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within. There are many sacred word possibilities; a few examples are: Jesus, Love, Peace, Listen, and Shalom.
“Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him.” Psalm 37:7
A labyrinth is a sacred path; a journey in our spiritual formation used for prayer, meditation and contemplation. It is an ancient form of walking prayer and meditation for those seeking God. Ladue Chapel’s canvas labyrinth is available to walk several times throughout the year. Additional information about our labyrinth may be found here. Watch the labyrinth video here. Contact Anne Peacock for more information.