Spiritual Practices

A monastic life is devoted to prayer. To spiritual living that is prayerful. To creating and dedicating time for meditation and contemplation. To deepening our understanding and relationship with God. There are many prayerful practices that can help us. This is a growing collection of practices.

Foundational Practices

These three foundational practices are written into the Urban Monastic Way of Life. These are active spiritual cornerstone practices for monasticism going back to the earliest years of the Church. Each of them invites us to intentionally engage with God in a different way.

Divine Office

Officium Divinum

Sing or recite liturgical prayers for different times of day, weeks, and seasons. Also called the Prayer of the Church, or the Liturgy of the Hours.

🕣 10 – 20 Minutes

Eucharist

Eucharistia

Partake in rite of Holy Communion that Jesus instituted on the night he was betrayed.

🕣 5 Minutes

Fasting

Ieiunium

To abstain from all food for at least a day.

🕣 1+ Days

Foundational Disciplines

One will encounter these disciplines across Christian spiritual practices. They are highlighted here to provide a shared understanding of these critical lifelong disciplines.

Prayer

Ora

Being purposefully in God’s tender and loving presence where thoughts, emotions, and words can move in both directions.

Work

Labora

Using our bodies and minds to play our part in sustaining and improving society and creation.

Hospitality

Hospitalitas

A spirit, heart, and life that are welcoming and loving for yourself and all that you meet.

Meditation

Meditatio

Focusing your body, mind, and spirit onto or towards something in particular.

Contemplation

Contemplatio

Opening yourself to what God may bring to your mind or spirit.

Additional Practices

There are many active ways to prayerfully engage with God. May these additional practices guide you deeper into the loving and graceful presence of our God.

Abstaining

Abstinens

To abstain from something as an alternative to fasting.

🕣 ??

Breath Prayer

Oratio Respiro

A repeated and brief meditative prayer in two parts.

🕣 1+ Minutes

Centering Prayer

Oratio Centratum

A contemplative prayer, focused on the presence of God.

🕣 1+ Minutes

Examen

‌Examination

A gracious Spirit led revealing of how God was recently present in your life.

🕣 5+ Minutes

Imaginative Prayer

Oratio‌ Imaginativa

Reflective listening to an imaginative telling of a biblical narrative.

🕣 10-20 Minutes

Journaling

Scriptum Reflexionis

Reflection and introspection are hallmarks of monastic life. Writing these down has only in recently become affordable.

🕣 5+ Minutes

Labyrinth

Labyrinthus

A prayerful physical meditation as one journeys towards Christ in the center.

🕣 10-20 Minutes

Lectio Divina

Divine Reading

A meditative listening of a scripture passage over multiple readings.

🕣 5-30 Minutes

Spiritual Reading

Lectio Spiritualis

Reading texts outside of Scripture that enrich our understanding and appreciation for God and the works of God across time and space.

🕣 5+ Minutes

Stations of the Cross

Via Crucis

A meditative prayerful walking through the death of Jesus across 14 stations for reflection, presence, and prayer.

🕣 15+ Minutes

Visio Divina

Divine Seeing

A meditative seeing something created with attention to insights guided by God.

🕣 5+ Minutes