According to the Catechism of the Episcopal Church, prayer is “responding to God, by thought and by deeds, with or without words.” Growing in faith requires that we find ways to keep ourselves oriented toward God and God’s purposes for our lives not just on Sunday, but throughout the week. Indeed, at the core of the Anglican spiritual tradition, is a practice of saying daily morning and evening prayers. These services are often referred to as the “Daily Office,” and can be found near the front of the Book of Common Prayer. We pray Morning Prayer together each weekday at 8:00 am in the Chapel.
One helpful way to think about prayer is that it is a conversation with God. Like all conversations, prayer requires several things of us, including time, attention, the gift of presence, and a willingness both to speak and share honestly and freely, as well as to listen and receive openly.
There is no ‘hidden secret’ when it comes to prayer. Anyone can pray, at any time and in any place. And God promises to hear us when we pray.
Need help in cultivating a daily practice of prayer? Your clergy would love to support you, and you might also find some of these online resources helpful: