prayer at home

Below are some resources that you can use to guide your prayer practices at home. 


guided meditation

Please enjoy this 15-minute guided visualization meditation.

Prisms of Light - Ellie Ragonese
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Guided Meditation for Youth - Ellie Ragonese
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8 steps to a peaceful and simple meditation 

Meditation (15 - 30 minutes; more or less as you choose)


1. Posture

Sit up straight, shoulders back, chest area open, rest your hands comfortably in your lap, feet flat on the floor. Do not cross your legs.

2. Attitude

Have an openness toward God’s presence.  Welcome God into your heart.


3. Pray The Lord’s Prayer.

   Ask God to surround you with His light; the light of the Holy Spirit,

   protect you and fill you with his grace.


   Our Father who art in heaven.  Hallowed be Thy name. 

   Thy Kingdom come.  Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

   Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we

   forgive those who have trespassed against us and Lead us not into

   temptation, but deliver us from evil. 


   For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory forever and ever.



4. Add centering music to the background of your meditation, such as the songs provided here. This will help you focus and prepare your heart for Jesus’ presence.


5. Pray The Jesus Prayer. 


                    Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.


Set your timer to the desired length of time.  Do not move until after the bell sounds.


  • Look, gaze at the picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Feel his love and his warmth.

  • "Watch the breathe" - Focus on your breathing for several minutes. Stay alert and relaxed.

  • Breathe in deeply through your nostrils and out through your nostrils. Relax.

  • As you breathe in mentally chant Lord Jesus Christ…

  • Breathe out focusing on the air as it goes out of your nostrils and mentally chant Have Mercy on Me. 

  • If you start having distracting thoughts, go back to “watching the breath” and mentally chanting the Jesus Prayer coordinated with the breath.


6. Conclude the Meditation

After the bell rings, keep your eyes closed for a few minutes to bring yourself back to your surroundings. Gently open your eyes and move slowly. Thank God for all He has done for you during this time together. 


7. Journal

Notate any insights, thoughts, and questions that may have arisen during the meditation.


8. Throughout the day try to recall the peacefulness of your meditation. 

   When you can, recite the Jesus prayer as often as you can. 


                      Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.



Suggested reading

  • Intimacy With God

    Thomas Keating

    Intimacy With God
  • Word Into Silence

    John Main

    Word Into Silence
  • Christian Meditation: Your Daily Practice

    Laurence Freeman

    Christian Meditation: Your Daily Practice
  • Meditation for Christians

    James Finley

    Meditation for Christians
  • The Way of a Pilgrim

    Gleb Pokrovsky

    The Way of a Pilgrim
  • Pray All Ways

    Edward Hays

    Pray All Ways
  • Prayer of the Heart

    George Maloney

    Prayer of the Heart




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