Await, Allow, Accept, and Attend are the four stances of body prayer. The first stance, Await, is a receiving posture, held with cupped hands extended at the waist to receive God's presence. The second stance, "Allow," is an opening posture in which the hands are open to the entrance of God's presence. The third stance, "Accept," is a responding posture in which one accepts what has been allowed into one's heart. The fourth stance, "Attend," is a paying or giving posture in which one gives back to God whatever has been accepted.
Julian of Norwich was born around 1343-1345 probably in Norwich, England. She was an anchoress (a religious woman who lived alone in a cellation or oratory) from age twenty until her death in 1416 or 1417. During those twenty years she received several visions of Jesus Christ that later were written down in books known as "The Divine Love."
One must remember that at that time such things were not written down, so we can only imagine how many people saw and heard Jesus through Julian's eyes.
She began writing down her revelations when she reached her thirties because there were already many religious leaders in Europe trained in law and theology who needed new stories told about Jesus' love. So she wrote several books about his love for us while she was living in solitude.
The corpse is positioned in front of the Imam. If there are two bodies, one should be placed in front of the other. The spoken portion of the prayer begins with a silent recitation of Sura Al-Fatiha, followed by a plea for God to grant peace, kindness, and blessings on Muhammad, followed by two du'as.
The second portion consists of three sections called rak'ahs. In the first section, known as "the death prayer", the deceased is remembered with prayers for relief from suffering and acceptance into paradise. Special attention is given to praying for the soul of the dead person and those who are grieving them.
The second section is called "the funeral prayer". Here prayers are said for the dead person themselves as well as for those who are left behind, such as family members or friends.
In the third section, the Imam continues the prayer by saying takbeer ("God hears all those who praise Him") after which everyone repeats it together. Then follows another plea for mercy towards those who have been denied access to heaven, such as children, women, pagans, and slaves. This is followed by an invocation for forgiveness for any sins that may have been committed during this life. Finally, people ask Allah to accept their worship and plead for His help in future trials.
At the end of the prayer, everyone leaves the mosque except for the Imam who remains inside until only he is left within.
The action is made by linking the first three fingers together to represent the Holy Trinity and placing the two other fingers in the palm, then touching one's forehead, below the chest, left side, then right side, and concluding with an open hand on the chest again with a bowed head.
It is important not to move your hand during prayer, as this would be interpreted as disrespect for God.
However, if it is necessary to make a gesture to express yourself better, such as when talking about something that moves you deeply, you can do so without losing contact with God.
During prayer, we should try to keep our minds completely focused on God, so movements that may seem odd to others (such as moving your hands while speaking aloud) are not considered inappropriate.
In fact, such movements are often used by priests during prayers before giving a sermon because they help them focus their thoughts on the topic at hand.
For example, when praying for someone who is sick, a priest might cross his arms to show that these people belong to God even though they are suffering greatly from their illness or accident.
This is just one way to pray for others; what matters most is that you communicate with God sincerely and feel free to come up with your own ways of showing love.
For practicing Centering Prayer, Basil Pennington proposes the following steps: Close your eyes and sit comfortable. Relax and make yourself at ease. Be in love with God and have confidence in Him. Choose a sacred term that best expresses your real desire to be in the Lord's presence and receptive to His divine work inside you. (Examples include "Amen," "God bless me," "My soul magnifies the Lord.") Finally, ask Jesus to help you focus on Him alone and keep distracting thoughts away.
So, how do you pray a contemplative prayer? First, stop and calm down. Second, be quiet and still. Third, listen carefully for His voice within you. Fourth, open your heart to receive His gifts.
Fifth, express your gratitude.
Contemplation is more than just thinking about something or someone without acting on it. It's a way of interacting with the world and others that focuses on the spiritual rather than the material, and discovers truth about ourselves and our relationship with God through this interaction.
In conclusion, pray a contemplative prayer by listening for His voice within you, opening your heart to receive His gifts, expressing your gratitude, and stopping and calming down first before starting again.
Mystics pray in what way? By accepting God's hand—the God-Beyond-Us, the God-Beside-Us, the God-Being-Us—and surrendering to the freedom of being led in the Grand Dance. They pray in the presence of others as a community prays, because prayer is a shared experience that calls for solidarity among believers. Mystics pray even when they are alone, because prayer is an act of communication between God and us, a channel of love from us to God and from God to us.
Mystics pray with all their heart, but especially they pray with loving kindness, compassion, and humility. They pray toward wrongdoings with forgiveness, grievances, and harm. They pray for those who persecute them, ignore them, or stay away from them. They pray even when they cannot see or touch the one they pray to, because prayer is a channel for love to flow anywhere, anytime, to anyone.
Mystics pray without ceasing, because prayer is a constant outpouring of love to God and humanity. It is never finished; it is only beginning every time we say "Amen." Prayer is a path, not a goal; it is going beyond what you know or understand and trusting that God will help you keep going until you reach him.
Prayer for the Departed Faithful O Lord, grant them eternal peace and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls, as well as the souls of all the faithful dead, rest in peace, thanks to God's grace.
A. According to the Bible, we are made up of three parts: body, soul, and spirit: "May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept pure at the coming of our Lord Jesus" (I Thessalonians 5:23). Our physical bodies are obvious, but our souls and spirits are less so.