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Praying with St. Ignatius for Lent

March 2, 2024 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Education Room @ St James'
Rev Lori

Facilitated by Reverend Lori.

Ignatian prayer is a particular way of praying that is imaginative,reflective, and personal. St. Ignatius Loyola encouraged people to develop an intimate relationship with a God who loves us, trusting our human desire to draw near to God and to return God’s love.

Ignatian prayer places great emphasis on the power of the imagination to deepen our relationship with God.

One expression of this type of prayer, often called the Spiritual Exercises, is to use your imagination to engage with scripture as a participant, not as a detached observer.Take, for example, the healing of the blind man Bartimaeus.The person in prayer might feel the heat of the sun, smell the passing animals, hear the noise of the crowd, all while watching Jesus as he approaches the man, heals him, and disputes with the angry Pharisees.

This Lent, gather in the Education Room from 10:00-10:45 on four Saturdays in March to enter into this deep prayer using the stories of Jesus entering Jerusalem, raising Lazarus from the dead, having his last supper with the disciples, and walking the walk to Golgotha.

Our time together will begin with a short instruction, reading the scripture out loud, a time for prayer, and a debrief afterwards.