Centering Prayer

February 11, 2018 @ 9:15 am – 9:45 am
All Saints-by-the-Sea Church, Church Office
84 Eucalyptus Lane
Montecito, CA 93108
Pat McClure
(805) 969-1426

Beyond the words and thoughts of ordinary prayer, there is another way to encounter the Presence of God. It’s a deliberate intention to become still within and to simply hold ourselves open to God’s Presence. Called meditation in many traditions, it’s known as contemplative prayer in Christianity. All Saints offers two versions of this deep prayer practice every week: Centering Prayer and Healing Presence, which are resuming after their summer hiatus on Sept. 6th. at 9:15 a.m.

Centering Prayer sessions are held every Thursday morning from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Youth Room of the Parish House. Centering Prayer sessions are also held every other Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. in the Church Office Conference Room. On alternate Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. we add a focus on healing as the intention of sitting silently in God’s Presence.

They both follow the same practice. We sit in a circle, become inwardly quiet, and open our hearts, which guide body, mind, and soul to a new level of awareness that is felt rather than thought. Here, Silence is discovered to be alive – a fathomless field of being and in-formation, the still point of truth, the source from which all our reality flows.

Newcomers are especially welcomed. Come and try it!



A dedicated group of parishioners meets between services to practice these forms of “living” prayer each Sunday. On the first and third Sundays of the month, the group practices a “sit” in Centering Prayer. On the second and fourth Sundays, a fusion of Healing Touch and Healing Prayer is practiced in prayer partnerships. Learn more.