Since the time when the apostles asked Jesus: “Lord,teach us how to pray,” Christians have been trying to understand how to deepen their relationships with God through prayer.
This summer the Church of St. Francis of Assisi is offering a series of lectures which will challenge each one of us to better understand and incorporate the reality and depths of prayer into our lives. As Jesus himself showed us, prayer is our most fundamental way of relating to God; it is essential for a truly spiritual life.
We invite everyone to take advantage of deepening our individual and communal relationships to God by hearing from these three inspiring speakers how we might pray.
Special Events: Lectures at The Cloisters
Fr. Xavier Seubert, O.F.M., S.T.D. will present two lecture tours at The Cloisters of The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Relics, Tombs and Masses: Medieval Rituals for the Dead
Saturday, June 28, at Noon and again at 2:00 PM
The Cloisters: A Rockefeller Dream of Transformation
Saturday, August 30, at Noon and again at 2:00 PM
There is no registration for these lectures. A suggested donation to The Cloisters is payable at the admissions desk on the day of the respective tour.
Praying with Icons
June 17-19, 2014
Icons exemplify the sacramental nature of the Church:they are of earthly material and yet they are focal points of heavenly exchange. To pray with icons is to enter the presence depicted there. World renowned iconographer, Br. Robert Lentz, O.F.M., will lead us into the meaning of icons and instruct us on ways of accessing their presence. The sessions will take place on three successive days and will be one and a half hours in length.
Session I: A Theology of Icons
Tuesday, June 17, 2014; 6:30 to 8:00 PM
The icon as a manifestation of the world changed through the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.
Session II: The Spirituality of the Iconographer
Wednesday, June 18, 2014; 6:30 to 8:00 PM
To paint (write) an icon is a spiritual journey into the heart of the presence to be depicted.
Session III: Praying with Icons
Thursday, June 19, 2014; 6:30 to 8:00 PM
The meanings and methods of using icons in our personal prayer lives.
Br. Robert Lentz, O.F.M. is a Franciscan friar whose innovative icons are known throughout the world. He is a member of HolyName Province, and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland at Holy Name College. His icons are available at trinitystores.com.
Praying in the Word(s) of God
July 15-17, 2014
The psalms of our bible and Mary’s Magnificat are prayers of our ancestors in faith. Since the scriptures are the Word of God in human words, we can consider that praying in the words of the psalms and Magnificatis praying in the words of God.
Sr. Marion Moeser will examine the ramifications of praying the scriptures ina series of three evening lectures.
Session I: Praying our Wonder and Praise
Tuesday, July 15, 2014; 6:30 to 8:00 PM
The first session will explore those psalms that expressour praise to God for blessings and the wonders ofcreation.
Session II: Praying Our Suffering and Woes
Wednesday, July 16, 2014; 6:30 to 8:00 PM
This session will examine lament and complaint in the bible and explore how they can be incorporated into our own prayer life.
Session III: Praying from ‘Girl Talk’
Thursday, July 17, 2014; 6:30 to 8:00 PM
The words of Elizabeth to Mary and then Mary’s Magnificat will be pondered for their biblical background, their challenges, and their importance for us today.\
Sr. Marion Moeser, O.S.F., a member of the Sisters of Saint Francis, Syracuse, NY, is a professor of Sacred Scripture at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, NY. She holds a Ph.D. from Notre Dame University.
The Life & Death Adventure of Prayer
August 19-21, 2014
Come and explore/practice some meditation and contemplative methods from our Catholic tradition, and also see how they might relate to certain Eastern traditions. Our flourishing—and perhaps even survival, both as individuals and as a global community—may depend on our willingness to embark on such a journey.
Session I: Just Imagine!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014; 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Ignatian meditation, with a look at some Indian and Tibetan practices.
Session II: A Leap into the Darkness
Wednesday, August 20, 2014; 6:30 to 8:00 PM
The Silence of Contemplation: John of the Cross, Centering Prayer, and related methods.
Session III: Seeing Things As They Are
Thursday, August 21, 2014; 6:30 to 8:00 PM
The challenge of Zen.
Fr. Michael K. Holleran is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York and has been a Zen Sensei teacher for five years. As such, he is particularly qualified to lead an exciting expedition into the territory of silent prayer.