New ways of praying at Lent
Meditation, prayer and reflection are among the practices Christians use during Lent. Prayer centers that open on Ash Wednesday and remain in place through Holy Saturday can enhance the Lenten journey.
The faithful and seekers alike can experience different ways of praying as they visit the centers. Each of those described below includes a table, candlelight and an activity or focus to enhance spiritual reflection: finger labyrinths, prayer beads, clay, stones, a quilt, art and poetry, and Holy Communion. Instructions guide individuals through the experiences while soft music plays in the background.
Adults and youth can visit the centers anytime they are in the building — before or after worship, meetings and classes.
Here are downloadable instructions for prayer centers used at Williamsville (N.Y.) United Methodist Church:
- Breath Prayer Center
- Clay Prayer Center
- Communion Prayer Center
- Finger Labyrinth Prayer Center
- Prayer Beads Prayer Center
- Stones Prayer Center
- Quilt Prayer Center
—Adapted from the Western New York Conference website.
This article originally ran in the Jan-Feb 2007 edition of Interpreter magazine.