Prayer Offices from Mission St. Clare: Resource for praying the prayer offices from the Book of Common Prayer. Organized daily with readings, and even music. Mobile friendly option available.
Anglican Prayer Beads: Adapted from both the Rosary and the Orthodox Prayer Rope, the Anglican “Rosary” is a tactile tool for prayer.
Orthodox Prayer Rope: One of the older types of prayer ropes in the Christian tradition, the Orthodox Prayer rope may have different, significant numbers of knots. An ancient prayer (about 5th Century CE) known as “the Jesus Prayer” is prayed on each knot, and when there are beads, often the “Our Father” is prayed.
Rosary: Traditionally used by Roman Catholics, the Rosary is a circular string of beads, ending with a short string and a cross. Specific prayers are prayed, using each bead to ‘count’, or focus each prayer. And while this tool for prayer has not become overly mainstream outside of Roman Catholicism, it has found some popularity within Protestant traditions in the past couple decades. A great resource to learn how to pray the Rosary, and even order one for yourself, here is a good resource: Rosary Army.
Lectio Divina: A prayer form meaning “Divine Reading” is a way of praying with Scripture, and has origins in the Benedictine monastic tradition. Utilizing four steps, or “movements” this prayer form begins with a close reading of portions of Scripture, which are meditated upon, a time of prayer, and finally a period of contemplation, or opening one’s heart and mind to the Presence of God. A nice “how to” on Lectio Divina can be found through the link from beliefnet.com.
Ignatian Contemplation: Developed within the Jesuit Order, and based upon Ignatius of Loyola‘s belief that God can speak to us using our imagination, thoughts and memories; Ignation Contemplation is a contemplative practice with a slightly different focus from Lectio Divina. Effectively, by using “scenes” in the life of Jesus, one is invited to picture the events, people, sounds and surroundings. As the imagination begins to build the scene, the Holy Spirit is then invited/able to help to reveal a particular aspect of Jesus, and his life. A helpful explanation can be found here at the Ignation Spirituality page.
Centering Prayer (Christian Meditation): Both Centering Prayer and Christian Meditation are practices of contemplative prayer used within the Christian tradition. Through the use of a “sacred word” or phrase, one is oriented to quiet the mind and become open to the Presence of God. While each practice has particular approaches, both are compatible. Separate links are provided for each, however, it may be helpful to note that Centering Prayer is the more common and familiar form of contemplative prayer within Episcopal circles–in fact, Bp. Sutton (our Bishop Diocesan) is a practitioner, student and writer regarding Centering Prayer practice.
Praying with Icons: In the Eastern Church tradition, Icons are understood to be “windows” to the divine. In other words, icons are not considered simply pictures or images of holy things. Instead, Icons are a kind of “invitation” to see beyond the image, and to help one orient to the true image of Holy things. Icons are said to be “written” rather than drawn or painted. This is a way in which Icons can be understood as something other than “graven images” which are prohibited in the 10 Commandments. Along with being representations of people and scenes from Scripture and Church History (images which are repeated, because they are believed to preserve true, historical images in some cases), Icons are not only themselves objects of reverence, but can also be used for the purpose of prayer. Through use of imagination, and close attention to the images within Icons, one is invited to contemplate God’s holiness and Presence as if it were light through a window. Follow the above links for more explanation regarding Icons, and check out Br. James Koester’s SSJE article about praying with Icons.
Labyrinth & Walking Prayer: A Labyrinth is an ancient tool for use in a form of walking contemplation. Although the Labyrinth predates Christian usage, it has continued to be a way of facilitating contemplation and spiritual focus. While there are a variety of traditional designs for a prayer Labyrinth, all of them have a clear path to and from the center. By taking time to intentionally follow the path, one experiences the calming affect of movement, all the while allowing for a quiet intentional space for prayer and contemplation. Some have even found that tracing the path on a picture of a Labyrinth also be a prayerful and contemplative experience. Similarly, the same intention can be applied to a walk outside of a Labyrinth–a practice which might be considered a kind of “Walking Prayer.”