Resources for Individual Prayer

While corporate prayer is an important part of our worship together, individual prayer is also a necessary part of living a Christian life. Our chaplain offers these suggestions for making the most of your individual prayer time.

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‘How great is the freedom to which you are called’ St Benedict

O, let thy sacred will
All thy delight in me fulfil !
Let me not think an action mine own way,
But as thy love shall sway,
Resigning up the rudder to thy skill
George Herbert

Book /Resource Isbn or details Remarks
Common worship daily prayer 07515120735 Available in the hymn cabinet at the back of the nave if you want to browse first. The book is based on the monastic approach to prayer and an amazing resource for all eventualities.
Celebrating Daily Prayer   A smaller travelling version of the above
‘CP’ common Prayer Dowloadable app Has a digital version of common worship morning,evening and night prayer for the books above
Bible reading fellowship www.brf.org.ukDowloadable apps This is an amazing organisation which has a selection of both digital apps and printed resources for daily prayer and scripture based reflections on the readings. Ecumenical dimension is good. Gender specific if you want.
Lectionary Common Worship App downloadable This gives you the daily scripture texts used by the worldwide Anglican Church . It is a great resources as it gives a well thought through approach to reading scripture through the seasons. Pastor Matthew can advise on your particular tradition if you are not Anglican.
Reading and meditation resources
Lectio Divina- the Sacred Art – transforming words and images into heart-centered prayer – Christine Valters Painter 9780281067114Digital 9780281067121 A really good book on how read scripture in a structured and enlightening way.
Seeking God – Esther De Waal 1853113468 A really good introduction to the rule of St Benedict . Esther is a world wide lecturer in the Rule of St Benedict. I have met her and she has really helped me.
Collected works of St John of the Cross 0935216154 A very comprehensive resource on St John of the Cross.
Transformed by the Beloved – a guide to spiritual formation with St John of the Cross- Revd. Daniel MunozPublished in the last twelve months. 9781841015842 A really good book and very spiritual . The author is a very good friend. He owns and runs a retreat centre in the mountains of Andalusia, Spain. I have been going for the last four years for my annual silent retreat. www.haciendalosolivos.org
Personality and prayer Ruth Fowke 9781853455421 Might help you understand the best way for you to pray.
Learn to Meditate – David Fontana. 1900131919 This book transformed my prayer life into one of daily joy, pleasure, peace and tranquillity.
Use of icons, candles and incense sticks can all help you get in the mood . Prayer shawls and mats also help.   Get a little prayer kit ready in a box to help you.The rituals really help.
Musical resourcesThe list for us all is unending. Here are a few singers, Christian bands and music publishers which might help – Music is a very personal thing and you will need to discern for yourself what you like.‘If music be the food of love play on’ William Shakespeare
Chris Tomlin   Great spiritual songs
Richard Lewis    
Music for quiet prayer Published by Kevin Mayhew Great set of CDs – a set to start perhaps.
Keith Duke    
Taize Published by Kevin Mayhew Load of resources for chants  
Running the heavenly Race Dr Rodney Howard-Browne   Really good organ music
Iona community Wild Goose publications Fantastic resource.
Healing waters – Klaus    
Living Flame of Love –poems from St John of the Cross – Khigh DhieghLiving Flame of love   Beautifully read by Khigh
The vast selection of religious and choral music    
Do not be afraid to try something new – use Spotify (an internet based musical resource) if you have a limited budget and want hear some stuff – enjoy!