Corporate Contemplation

 

When I first began my journey into the delights of Silent Contemplative Prayer I was blessed to attend a weekly Julian Gathering where I met with other Christians to be present to God in the Silence. It was an encouragement, and a support.

Since then I have from time to time sought out other places where people were spending time quiet before the Lord. The easiest to find have been Catholic and some Anglican churches open during the day. Anyone can come in off the street Monstrance. and sit quiet before the Lord, and even do so at the front of the church where the Host is housed in the Sanctuary. In Halifax St. Mary's Basilica, St. Paul's Anglican and All Saints are all available.

Eucharistic Adoration

Some Catholic churches also have a small chapel available for Eucharistic Adoration. Long before I fully understood what Eucharistic Adoration meant I would go and sit before the Lord with these faithful Catholics. For them the Lord was physically present in the Host exposed in the Monstrance. For me they were simply being quiet in the Presence of God, and that is all that mattered. The corporate experience gave strength to my private practice.

Halifax has two chapels that are open for hours a day for Eucharistic Adoration, and several more that have less regular or a once a week opportunity to gather in Silence. Christians of any faith background are welcome to come, sit, and enjoy the Presence of God. An internet search will certainly help you find places in your own location.

Chapels for Contemplative Prayer in Halifax


Sacred Heart Chapel

St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Sacred Heart Chapel.

The Sacred Heart Chapel in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 5900 Inglis Street, Halifax is opened for Silent Contemplative Prayer Monday and Friday from 9:30am to 5:00pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm until 9:00pm, and Wednesday from 9:30am to 1:00pm. The Sacred Heart Chapel is small, intimate and very beautiful, seating eight, and adorned with two amazing stained glass windows that dominate the room and focus the heart and mind on Christ.

The Chapel can be accessed through the door on Jubilee Road. Simply go in, you will see the Chapel on the right, open the glass Chapel door and take a seat or kneel in silence.

St. Theresa Chapel

St. Theresa Church. St. Theresa Chapel.

The St. Theresa Chapel in St. Theresa Church, 6351 North Street, Halifax is opened for Silent Contemplative Prayer Monday through Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm. This chapel is much larger and has ten pews seating thirty comfortably, although there is usually no more than ten present.

The entrance door is toward the back of the church, on the left hand side toward Seaforth Street. Go in; go up the stairs, turn right and go through a doorway, turning left when you are in the church. Cross the front of the altar and the Chapel is in the right hand corner at the front of the church. Both chapels are given to total silence, and are so quiet that the rustling of clothing or turning of a page in a book is noticeable. Some people come and stay twenty minutes, some stay for an hour. There is always a designed person “on duty” in the place of prayer.

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