Lex orandi, lex credendi -
the rule of praying is the rule of believing.
Prosper of Aquitaine
Prayer Services at Urban Abbey
The ancient future of the Church is experienced as we choose to participate in liturgical rhythms that join our hearts to the pilgrims who journeyed before us and those currently following Jesus, all around the world!
The six prayer services of Urban Abbey represent the sails we have fashioned for earthed creatures to catch the wind of the Spirit; that they might be swept toward Jesus.
Liturgies are, simply put, pathways to the presence of God. By presence of God, we are referencing the “felt presence” or “face presence” of God. The Psalmists and other ancients often reference this presence with words like these: “Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD,” or again, “Restore us, O God; cause your face to shine; and we shall be saved.”
To learn more about liturgies and how to prepare for participation in this sort of a prayer service you are welcome to read through these documents.
Prayers at Fixed-Hours
Fixed-hour prayer is the oldest form of communal spiritual practice in the church. The Psalmist said, “Seven times a day do I praise You” (Ps 119:164). In ancient Judaism there was fixed-hour prayer. In the Greco-Roman Empire these prayers were on a regimen in keeping with Roman commercialism. Forum bells at 6am (prime, or 1st hour), then mid-morning break at 9am (terce or 3rd hour), the noon meal and rest at 12pm (none or 9th hour), and the close of business at 6pm (vespers). Addition of evening prayer (compline) was added around the 6th century.
Fixed-Hour prayer is often referred to as the “divine office” or the “liturgy of the hours.” Urban Abbey has written its own liturgy of the hours, we invite you to read our liturgies for each day of the week.
Liturgical prayer services at Urban Abbey occur six times per day. Please find the schedule listed below.
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Daily Prayer Services
Prime: 6 AM
We rise to greet the day. In the Name of Jesus we engage in Lectio Divina and prayer thereby we commemorate the resurrection of our Lord from the grave, as His night became day!
We rejoice in the Word of the Lord.
For the Sake of Jesus we do Psalms reading and pray to seek illumination of the Spirit to discern the direction of our day!
We cry out on behalf of the human family.
For the glory of Jesus, Lord of Sabbath, we listen to ancient poetry and intercede for humanity - that this tossed and restless sea would find rest in God!
We intercede for the church of Thunder Bay.
In the fellowship of Jesus, we do Psalms reading and pray for the unity of the Christian family and the needs of our sisters and brothers around the city
We pour out our hearts for the city of Thunder Bay.
Through the redemption of Jesus, we proclaim the Nicene Creed and pray for the peace and flourishing of all peoples in the great city that God has made!
We prepare to sleep in the arms of God.
In the Peace of Jesus, together, we end our day, singing the Lord’s song as exile in a strange land - praying, confessing our sins and reading scripture!
We want to pray for you!
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