“Those who sing pray twice.” – St. Augustine
To complement our individual spoken prayer practice, in this evening of “Chant as Prayer”, we will use our chanting voices to awaken ourselves to the gift of prayer. Adding the body and voice to our prayer practice invites us from the mind of our spoken prayer into our heart center. We are connecting hopes and other emotions through sustained sounds. Your singing voice does not matter, but listening to your own sound with others creates a perfect vehicle to open to the universe and God’s direct connection to each of us. We will sing some familiar chants and phrases from prayers in new creative ways. We will create sung messages that will be carried in a most supportive way. We will listen to ourselves and others for all that resonates with our own personal spiritual journey. We will improvise. We will be silent to experience the vibrations in our head, our throats and chest.
How and why do you pray? In creating a daily practice that consoles, assures, brings joy and reflects your personal reality, you might try creating chants. Together in a supportive environment, we will intersperse made-up chants with some familiar words and silence to engage our imagination and our body. Your breath and the vibrations open you to new realms of connection with the Divine. This session is open to all seekers.
Nadine Hathaway is a spiritual companion and graduate of Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC. As a long-term member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Nadine was a former Co-Director of Christian Education and co-chair of the Search and Discernment Committee.
Some of her training includes graduating from the Education For Ministry (EFM) Program, study at The Guild for Psychological Studies, The Enneagram Institute and the Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault. Nadine holds a Master of Music degree and holds music appreciation workshops at Collington Continuing Care and Retirement Center.
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- April 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- St. Joseph’s Chapel