Three Forms of Prayer

Three Forms of Prayer

Holy Eucharist, The Daily Office, and Personal Prayer

Holy Eucharist

"Eucharist" means "thanksgiving". The Eucharist is the event in which Christians become grounded each week in a fundamentally grateful approach to life. In the Holy Eucharist we come together, share a meal and experience our deepest selves in community with others and with a loving God in the person of Jesus. Through the Eucharist we gain strength for our lives and participate in the pattern of all Christian life: letting go and turning our lives over to God to be used in service to the world.

The Daily Office

The Daily Office is the Church’s daily act of prayer. Whether said in a group in a parish church or as an individual with morning coffee, the Office is our participation in the Church’s daily praise of God. Different psalms, readings and prayers are appointed for each day, and so participating in "The Office" means participating in a daily rhythm of prayer that moves through the seasons of the Church year.

Personal Prayer

God has a unique relationship with each of us. While that uniqueness is developed within community and is shaped by our participation in the Eucharist and the Office, Christians also need ways that are specific to their own individual and personal style to express their relationship with God. Personal devotions are a way to do this. Through personal devotions, a person can experiment with forms of prayer that deepen their intimacy with God and further illuminate their experience in the light of faith. Some will make use of silence, contemplation or meditation; others will be attracted to intercession or praise; still others will be drawn to adoration or dialogue with God.