The Eucharist As Physical Prayer

Good friend and fellow blogger Ryan Flanigan (ReformWorship) put me on to this below from Notre Dame.

I appreciate the sacramental posture toward prayer in this. No matter your tradition, read it through that lens.

From Ryan: “Notre Dame’s Oblation blog just began a series today on “Ceaseless Prayer.”  We are a people who “belong to the day” as we await “the Day of the Lord” (1 Thes. 5).

Interestingly, according to the author, this exhortation to all Christians is rooted in the “world-affirming” and “world-ending” liturgical expressions of the Eucharist.
Very interesting read–recovering the absolutely essential eschatological dimension of the Eucharist that launches us into lives of ceaseless prayer.”


Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.