We appreciate your interest in Christian Meditation at St. James.

St. James has a well established Christian meditation group to which all are welcome, whether new or experienced in this form of silent prayer of the heart, which deepens and enriches other forms of Christian prayer.  It is rooted in the Christian tradition following the example of Jesus, and practised by the early Christian monks, the Desert Fathers and Mothers, who taught the simple discipline of the “prayer of one word”, or mantra.            

One of the the most influential spiritual teachers of prayer of our time, John Main, an Irish Benedictine monk, being first introduced to meditation, later saw with fresh eyes the teachings of Jesus on prayer. In the repetition of the mantra, he saw the way to stillness or ‘pure prayer’ that is ‘worship in spirit and truth’. His work has been carried on in this century by Laurence Freeman, and become a world wide movement.   John Main encouraged a discipline of personal meditation twice a day in the morning and evening, for half an hour.  He also encouraged meditation in small groups.  The act of coming together once a week to meditate is powerful and builds community.    

Please check the church website and calendar for the venue and meeting times of the St. James Meditation group, as current Covid restrictions apply.  Do consider joining us. More information about Christian meditation can be found on the World Community for Christian Meditation website at wccm.org or the Canadian Community of Christian Meditation at wccm-canada.ca