“God’s first word is silence.”
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather it casts a new light and depth of meaning on them. Centering Prayer is an ancient method of Christian prayer adapted for modern times by Fathers Thomas Keating, William Meninger and Basil Pennington.
The Centering Prayer application will support your daily prayer practice commitment. Beautiful and peaceful, the app includes an adjustable timer, as well as opening and closing prayer options that you may read before and after your silent prayer time. An assortment of sounds and backgrounds allow you to choose the type of environment you want to create for your prayer time. Brief instructions for learning Centering Prayer are also included.
It is recommended you practice being in relationship with God through Centering Prayer twice a day for 20 minutes to begin with.
We've been working hard to make this app better.
In this release we've updated some booklets in the Book Store and made minor UI changes including a slightly changed app logo. The new version fully supports iOS 14.
Ratings and Reviews
Perfect in every way
This app is the perfect companion for beginning or continuing the journey of centering prayer. The creators don’t charge anything, and yet it has everything you need to begin, including a digital form of the pamphlet available on their website, which gives you the basics of centering prayer.
Using the app takes you through a process beginning with an opening prayer, followed by the centering prayer period itself, which you can adjust to a duration you’re comfortable with. You can also select the Bell sounds you prefer to open and close your prayer. After the prayer you’re encouraged to meditate on a closing text. The opening prayer and closing thought can be selected from a number of options available within the app itself.
In short, I cannot imagine a better app for free that provides the guidance and support this one does, and does so elegantly. The app was clearly designed by people who have no other motive than to introduce the practice of centering prayer to the widest range of people they can.
I have found the app a very useful aid in my CP practice. If you don’t know CP, it is simply meditation where when you become aware of a thought, you release it, by the use of a short word, silently spoken. Some people use breath or an image instead. And then there is another layer, the concept that you are by this means aware, gradually, that you are “in God”. Usually this is understood in Christian terms, but really, since in Centering Prayer, we release all images or ideas of “God”, it is applicable to any religion, even a spiritual practice that does not involve a deity of any kind, but is just a practice of pure awareness.
But the app is specifically Christian, so if that isn’t your tradition, it won’t be helpful for you, most likely. There are many books on CP, just do a search. Thomas Keating’s are foundational, then Cynthia Bourgeault, and David Frenette.
I love this app. I initially downloaded it to help me with the specific daily prayer practice I was cultivating, and it was perfect for that. Yet as the year (or more) since then has unfolded, I find I use it as a sort of “spiritual spot check” to re-center me at times when I get spun out or off in some way - I’ll just do 5 minutes in the car, or even during my work day. I have used it to share a meditation time with friends during a hike or while on a retreat. I use it as a prelude to a form of journaling I do as spiritual inquiry, inviting God into the inquiry through contemplative prayer before I begin my writing time. The sounds are good, the prayer selection abundant, and the directions at the beginning succinct and clear. Thank you for this app - I have shared it happily many times over!
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- 123 MB
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- Requires iOS 10.3 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 10.3 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.3 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
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- In-App Purchases
- Welcoming Prayer: Consent on the Go $9.99
- Complete Contemplative Life Program $109.99
- Lectio Divina: The Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures $9.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.