Prayer

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Prayer is offered at the Cathedral every day – morning and evening. If you have something that you would like us to include in our prayers then please do contact us.

Many people ask the question’ How do I pray?’ and many have written books expounding a wide range of answers. In many ways the answer to the question is simply, ‘However you wish’.

At a very basic level one might simply find a space in which to be quiet and bring to mind the people or situations for whom you wish to pray. Words can be helpful, but are not essential.  If you have a favourite place then you might imagine the person for whom you wish to pray being in that place with you, or you might light a candle as a symbol of God’s love (represented by the light from the flame) reaching out to them.

If you would like to light a candle as a visible sign of your prayer then you will find a stand at the back of our Lady Chapel where you can do this. The cathedral is open every day of the year from 8.30am until 6.00pm

The Lord’s Prayer 
When his followers asked him how to pray, Jesus taught them the following, which has become the prayer that unites Christians across the world and throughout time.   This is a version of the prayer that is used by the Scottish Episcopal Church:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Do not bring us to the time of trial
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory, are yours,
now and for ever.  Amen

If you would  like to experiment with different forms of prayer then the following suggestions may be helpful to you.

The Examen Prayer

A daily reflection

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Centring Prayer

Focusing on the inner life

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Nurtured by Nature

Taking inspiration from The Psalms

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Praying with Art

Playing with creative expression

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Lectio Divina

Divine Reading

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