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 and Endless Grace help 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. Sheltering Mercy helps the reader pray Psalms 1-75; Endless Grace leads in prayer through Psalms 76-150.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. Each book contains 75 prayers drawn from the Book of Psalms, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning there. 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.

These artful, poetic, and classic devotional books are a perfect gift, and feature compelling stunning illustrations and hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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