Our Church is taking on an Apophatic Prayer Challenge this year. In Western Christianity we tend to only use our Cataphatic Prayer abilities.
Cataphatic comes from a Greek word meaning ‘with form or images.’
Cataphatic Prayer is prayer we do using our minds.
Examples: Praising Prayers; Repenting Prayers; Thanking Prayers; Meditative Prayers; some forms of Contemplative Prayers.
As a Church we want to use another important form of prayer which is vital for our spiritual growth. This form of prayer is known as Apophatic Prayer and we aim to grow in this form of prayer.
Apophatic comes from a Greek word meaning ‘without form or images.’
Apophatic Prayer is where we empty ourselves and we lay words aside to experience union with God.
That is why we are taking on an Apophatic Prayer Challenge and aiming to do it four times a week throughout the year. Please feel free to join with us but remember to have grace for yourself.