Our group is a charismatic prayer group, celebrating the gifts of the Holy Spirit through praise, worship, & reading scripture. We were founded in 1976 & all are welcome to Praise the Lord with us!
What is Charismatic Prayer?
A charismatic prayer meeting consists of a group of people from varying backgrounds who meet regularly (usually weekly) in an atmosphere of love and support for one another in an effort to grow in the knowledge and love of God, and to show this love in their attitude to their neighbor.Each prayer meeting is open to anyone who wants to come. Those who attend CCR prayer meetings are predominantly Catholic, but groups are open to anyone.
The prayer meeting has been a place where many, many, people have found a new dimension to their spiritual lives, and have discovered the love of God in a more profound way.
St Paul wrote in 1 Cor 14:26:
When you assemble, one has a hymn, another some instruction to give, still another a revelation to share, one speaks in a tongue, another interprets. Let all things be done to build up the community.The meeting takes place in a relaxed atmosphere where joy and the love of God is emphasised, and where everyone is welcomed. God is praised with enthusiasm. Praise of God is characteristic of Catholic Charismatic Renewal, in line with the Catholic tradition in which praise permeates the liturgy, song and prayer.
Sometimes people suggest that the praise in the prayer meeting is ‘forced’ in that it does not reflect the way people feel. It is ‘put on.’ CCR encourages people to incorporate praise of God into their whole lives, as in praising God we go out of ourselves and gaze at the goodness of God. Often people’s problems disappear when they begin to praise God, who gives them a new perspective on things. Praise focuses on the utter goodness of God, and celebrates his goodness in our lives. “Rejoice in the Lord always,” said Paul (Phil 4:4). We believe our joy should be expressed often in praise.
Large parts of the prayer meeting are quiet. Silence forms an important part of the worship periods, and people are encouraged to listen to what the Lord is saying to them. Some will sense that God has a message of encouragement, exhortation, or consolation for the group, and will feel moved to speak this out. This is known as the gift of prophecy.
The Word of God in Scripture is read and listened to, and regular teaching on Scripture and aspects of the Christian life instructs and helps people to grow in their spiritual life. Each prayer meeting has a teaching program. In addition to these times, there are times of prayer ministry, and times of intercession. People are encouraged to share what God has done in their lives as a most important way of building the faith of others. The Eucharist is often celebrated for the prayer group, and time may be spent before the Blessed Sacrament. There is much variety in the prayer meeting.
A leader coordinates these main segments of the meeting:
* The above work was taken from http://www.ccr.org.au/prayermeeting.html. We did not contribute to this and the work is not ours. However, we thought it would be helpful in understanding our prayer group & what we are about.
On Monday, September 12 the Charismatic Prayer Group will resume from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. (Bring your bible) in the St. Cecilia Room. We are in need of someone to take care of the music each week. Call Diane at 610-431-2722 for more information.
All are welcome!
Come Holy Spirit! Let the Fire Fall! Please Remember to Bring Your Bible!
The primary mission of serving God by serving the Catholic Church is achieved in the Charismatic Prayer Group. There are prayers of healing, great love, many gifts of the Spirit, including the gift of a warm reception to any member of the parish wanting to come. Meetings are held Monday evenings 7:30 p.m. in the Church.
If you would like us to pray for a special intention, or have a question about our group, please call Diane Ricevuto at 610-431-2722 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org