Prayers to quiet the mind for entrance to Centering Prayer

Let Your God Love You

Be silent.

Be still.



Before your God.

Say nothing.

Ask nothing.

Be silent.

Be still.

Let your God, look upon you

That is all.

God knows.

God understands.

God loves you.

With enormous love.

And only wants

To look upon you

With that love.




Let you God-love you.

Edwina Gately and Jane Hammond-Clarke.

Whispers: Conversations with Edwina Gateley

Source Books, 2000



Prayer of Abandonment (Br. Charles de Foucauld)


I abandon myself into your hands;

do with me what you will.

Whatever you may do, I thank you:

I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only your will be done in me,

and in all your creatures –

I wish no more than this, O Lord.

 Into your hands I commend my soul:

I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,

for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,

to surrender myself into your hands without reserve,

and with boundless confidence,

for you are my Father, my Mother my Alfa and my Omega,                                                                      

my refuge and my strength,

my inspiration and my consolation.

An Ancient Byzantine Prayer

Serene light shining in the ground of my being,

Draw me to yourself,

Draw me past the snares of the mind,

Free me from symbols and words

That I may discover the Signified,

The Word unspoken,

in the darkness that veils, the ground of my being.