Knock Prayer Centre
remains closed until further notice

Support Programmes

Prayer Guidance & Spiritual Direction

Knock Prayer Centre is a quiet space where you can relax and pray. A place where you can also experience what it is like to pray with Scripture.

Prayer Guidance

What is Guided Prayer?

Three Guided Prayer Sessions are held each day during the Pilgrimage Season from the first Monday in May through to the second Sunday in October.

During the Prayer time the focus is on the Word of God. There is quiet time at the beginning in which we relax and come to stillness; this time helps us to become aware of God’s presence with us as we pray.

Each session is hosted by a trained Prayer Guide. A passage from Scripture is read. Quiet time is left so that in silence we can listen to God’s Word as he speaks to each one of us. We take time to notice how he is speaking to our hearts.

Each Session lasts for 30 minutes. The Guide may ask for personal prayers or petitions, but there is no pressure on anyone to share unless they wish to do so. What really matters is that each of us is helped to meet the Lord in our own way “In the beginning was the Word” John 1:1.

Sacred Spaces for Personal Prayer

The ‘Taize Room’ with its beautiful rose window and quite ambience is a perfect place to sit and spend some time with the Lord in prayer. Reflective music and the soft candlelight help to create an atmosphere in which we can relax in the Lord’s presence.

Other rooms may also be available for quite personal prayer around a creative sacred space.

‘Pray as you can and not as you can’t. Take yourself as you find yourself; start from that’    Dom Chapman.

Spiritual Direction

 

Spiritual direction is best described as listening with one’s heart; a spiritual director can listen beyond the words to help you discover what’s really going on. Trusting in a good listener can help you move and grow, like having a close and reliable friend.

People normally see a spiritual director about once a month for an hour, although shorter weekly meetings may also be an option. Spiritual direction is a space to talk about life and faith, joys and sorrows, to see how well we are living the love that God has given us. Often it involves turning faith into good decisions and choices.

Spiritual Direction is an old tradition in the Church, St. Ignatius Loyola used it very effectively to help people live their faith in new and vibrant ways.

To request an appointment contact: Patricia McCarthy, spiritualdirection@knockshrine.ie.

All Spiritual Directors are fully trained and certified, and operate under peer supervision.