Prayer

The Cathedral Meditation Prayer Group

A monthly group, we meet at 7.30pm on the first Monday of the month at the Cathedral in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The atmosphere of the silent, empty cathedral in the dark of winter or the fading summer evening light enables a wonderfully prayerful atmosphere. It is a privilege to have the space all to ourselves. The meditation is led, often in 3 or 4 short periods of silence interspersed with prayer suggestions. It ends with Night Prayer (also called Compline because it completes the day), 10 minutes of gentle psalms and prayers to round of the session. After that we just leave quietly. Open to anyone to come along when they can. Just come on the first Monday evening of the month to the west door of the cathedral before 7.30 (as we lock the doors then) if you would like to try it.

Coming to faith

Jesus says that he came that we might have life in all its fullness. He lived as an ordinary man, teaching his followers about God. The Bible records his teachings and enables us, too, to share in his teaching. But Jesus is more than a great teacher.

His uncompromising truthfulness led to confrontation with the political and religious powers of his age and ultimately to his trial and death by crucifixion. But that was not the end of the story. His first followers were clear that they met him after his death, risen to new life. By his death and  resurrection he has conquered death and we too, continue to encounter him in his risen life in prayer and above all in Holy Communion. Christians understand that he is both human and divine. So he enables us to grow towards the life in all its fullness that is God’s will for all of us.

If you would like to know more about what it means to follow Jesus we run regular inquirers’ courses where together we explore what Christians believe. The next course will start at Easter this year.

People – whether adults or children – who wish to seek to follow Jesus are baptised. From the earliest years after the resurrection, Jesus’ followers used baptism as the signal of belonging to the Christian community, because Jesus had been baptised in the River Jordan. Baptism involves making promises to seek to follow Christ and water is poured on the head.

When adults are baptised, or when adults who were baptised as children wish to affirm their faith and want to follow Christ, they are ‘confirmed’. That means on one level they ‘confirm’ the promises their parents made when they were baptised. More importantly, however, God ‘confirms’ the gift of the Holy Spirit in them as the Bishop prays over them.

If you would like to know more about our inquirers’ course or talk about confirmation, Canon Ailsa (or any other of the Cathedral clergy) will be happy to talk to you.

Please register your interest at the Cathedral Offices on 01765 603562 or email postmaster@riponcathedral.org.uk