Some Examples Of Prayer Circles In Today's World
#1 PRAYER CIRCLE: New Age/Christian mix(3)
COMMUNITY PRAYER AND ILLUMINATION CIRCLES
[Linking PRAYER CIRCLES worldwide]
"Share the Power of Prayer. . . Everywhere.
"The Prayer Ministry
"Welcome to our [Web]site of love, vision, healing, wholeness, peace and
compassion. We are a virtual spiritual community of people who intend to
"make prayer the first resort . . . not the last".
"We intend to take prayer practice through and beyond church walls
into all aspects of community life.
"We create worldwide awareness that the practice of prayer in all its
sacred expressions is the very fabric of our everyday lives.
"We are a wholly inclusive organization; Interfaith, no faith,
scientific, philosophical, and beyond denominational. We simply 'Share the
Power of Prayer. . . Everywhere' . . . ."
[On this ministry's PRAYER CIRCLE Page is the following invitation:]
"Community PRAYER And Illumination CIRCLES . . .
"Join an amazing circle of people who LOVE to pray for ourselves, our
families, our world. Pray your own way--word, song, movement, silence. Tap
the healing power of prayer: the peace that passes understanding. . . .
"PRAYER CIRCLE Schedule. . . .
#2 PRAYER CIRCLE: Christian(4)
Heaven Wonders Prayer Warrior Network [Linking Prayer Circles worldwide]
"Be A Prayer Warrior!
"Here at Heavenly Wonders, we know that just living day to day is
difficult. . . Many people are lonely, filled with despair, and don't know
which way to turn or who to turn to. . . Well... WE CARE ! We have faith in
God and trust in His WORD. Most importantly,...
"We believe in the power of Prayer!
"That is why we have banded together and formed the 'Prayer Warriors
Network .' God has said,'there is strength in numbers' and 'to pray one for
another.' We want you to know the [sic] we care about you and we will pray
for you. If you have a need, share it with us. . . . These requests will be
gathered together and passed on to others in the LINKING CIRCLE of the
Prayer Warriors network. . . As we update this page, we want to encourage
you to pass these needs along, combine them in your own PRAYER CIRCLES, to
form a world wide network of Prayer Warriors! . . . "
#3 PRAYER CIRCLE: Marian(5)
Mary information diverse, widespread
By Michelle Bearden of The Tampa Tribune 5/12/97 -- 9:18 PM
". . . . [Rev. Tom Thompson, Univ. of Dayton Marian Library] has
another theory that could explain why Mary is taking center stage:
"'She is a person who is related to all members of the church,'
Thompson says. 'She never stands in isolation; she never stands alone. In
this fragmented decade of the '90s, we're looking to form communities again.'
"Amen, says Carol Marquardt of Bellair. She's the founder of Mantle of
Mary, a Tampa Bay area association that encourages a strong prayer life in
"The association's philosophy is shared around the world by similar
organizations, commonly known as MARIAN PRAYER CIRCLES. . . .
"'Because we pray to Mary, people think we're worshiping her,'
Marquardt says. 'That's not true. We admire her in the most holy and high
way. She's the one who is leading us to Christ.' . ."
#4 PRAYER CIRCLE: New Age(6)
Guest Channeler: Rev. Mary's Channeled Earth Changes Report
"Preparing, Surviving and Sustaining The Coming Earth Changes:
"The earth changes that are coming to this world also have a
corresponding link with internal changes that will be taking place in each
and every person. . . .
"We are going to address how to prepare, sustain, and survive these
internal changes that are and will be going on simultaneously with the
"Preparation: . . . .
"There will be times when people will just have to stay inside in the
shelter of their homes. Then, they can help each other and their families
and their neighbors, plus the people walking through the hard times,
through the disaster times, by forming PRAYER CIRCLES OF LIGHT AND LOVE,
sending energies, and prayers and Light and Love out of the group to the
"People can begin to organize now; this is part of the survival. They
can begin to organize these groups and if they live in a close proximity to
each other, that is good. They can do it that way, or they can have a
telephone prayer line, but groups in person are the best. They can begin
discussions on how to set up THESE PRAYER GROUPS now. These Light Workers,
these prayer and meditation workers can send out the Light and the Love to
the troubled areas. This is how they can organize. Then, when a disaster
strikes, the people can come together and pray and send Light and Love as a
group, to pray from the heart, to pray with High and Holy Intentions to help."
#5 PRAYER CIRCLE: Methodist(7)
Thursday, August 7, 1997
Saved: Heart stops, but not the prayers
By Tim Bonfield The Cincinnati Enquirer (AP)
"Richard Thomas, pastor of the Milford First United Methodist Church,
where Mr. and Mrs. Downs have been members for years, recently told their
story as part of a sermon about the mysteries of faith and the power of
"'We believe that God works through doctors and nurses. We also
believe that the power of prayer and faith is a real tool in healing,' the
Rev. Mr. Thomas said.
"The PRAYER CIRCLES working for Mrs. Downs were extensive. . . .
"Away from the hospital, other church members prayed for Mrs. Downs.
In Northside, five neighbors joined Mr. Downs' brother-in-law in a PRAYER
CIRCLE. . . ."
#6 PRAYER CIRCLE: University Of Notre Dame(8)
Notre Dame News: Taize Community
University of Notre Dame Public Relations and Information
"The 1996 Notre Dame Award for international humanitarian service will
be given to Brother Roger, the founder and prior of the ecumenical Taiz
Community in eastern France. . . .
"The earliest ministry of the Taizé community was hospitality, . . .
Following the war, the growing Taizé community sent several members into
Eastern Europe to establish surreptitious PRAYER CIRCLES among young
Catholics in Poland and young Protestants in East Germany. In 1949 several
of the community's members formally committed themselves to a rigorously
monastic life of vowed celibacy and communal stability, and three years
later, Brother Roger wrote a rule for the community.
"The life of the community centers around prayer work and hospitality.
Its white-robed monks never preach to their guests, insisting that their
role is to live together as a 'parable of community,' a sign of the
Gospel's call to reconciliation at the heart of the world. The liturgies at
Taiz combine elements of the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions,
and the community's distinctive sacred music, mostly meditative chants of
scriptural verses, has become popular in Christian churches all over the
"Since 1978 the Taizé community has annually sponsored large
international gatherings of young people for ecumenical discussion and
prayer. One such meeting in 1994 attracted more than 100,000 people to
Paris, where participants were offered hospitality by churches and families
in the city and the surrounding area. Similar Taizé meetings have been held
in London, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Rome, Munich, Johannesburg, Manila,
Madras and Dayton, Ohio.
"The numerous church leaders who have come to Taizé include Pope John
Paul II, who addressed a 1986 Taizé gathering. 'Like yourselves,' he said
to the assembly, 'the Pope is just passing through. But you pass through
Taizé as you pass close to a spring of water.' . . ."
[Taize worship is done without leadership, letting the "Spirit" run the
#7 PRAYER CIRCLE: Ojibwau Catholic Indian Community(9)
Listen To The Elders - Ojibwau Indians
By Father Larry Kroker, S.J. (Sacred Heart of Jesus)
". . . . The Kateri Centre is home for Native Catholics whose sense
of who they are as a First Nation people and whose traditional spirituality
have experienced a resurgence both within and beyond Kateri's Catholic
community. Sacramental celebrations and preparation programs are the heart
of the faith experience the center shares with Native Catholics, whose
language, symbols, and HEALING AND PRAYER CIRCLES are incorporated into
liturgies and gatherings.
"At the center, one room is for Native ceremonies, and another is a
Legion of Mary chapel. In the center of the building is a chapel for
celebrating the Eucharist, a place where Native and Catholic traditions are
mingled, bringing together the best of both. . . ."
Elder Leonard Bananish: HEALING CIRCLE
" . . . [Bananish'] father, Joe, had been the community prayer man
for years when the people first came in from the bush, leading the Sunday
prayers for the people in the absence of a priest.
"Back in the early '70s, Leonard had joined our diaconate training
program but left for a period of soul-searching. This changed when he came
to grips with spiritual realities that were part of his ancestral past. In
his dreams he was given a way to help his people toward healing: THE
GATHERING CIRCLE. His idea was to encourage Natives and non-Natives alike
to share their life journeys. Participants gather around Leonard's blanket
and medicine bundle and begin with a prayer to the creator and smudging
ceremony. An eagle feather is then passed around, and whoever is holding it
tells his or her story without interruption; it is a way of promoting
healing by sharing unresolved grief and abuse issues in a supporting and
confidential environment. Often, participants' stories are charged with
pain and remorse, but with the trust and respect of the group, many
experience journeys toward inner healing. . . ."
#8 PRAYER CIRCLE: UFOlogy(10)
The Aetherius Society
"The Society is a metaphysical, channeling organization whose
founder/president, Sir George King, is a Western Master of Yoga and who has
been in contact with Extraterrestrial Intelligences for over 35 years. He
acts as a channel for the dissemination of Higher Wisdom from These Sources.
"The Society's objective is to explain the presence of UFOs around the
Earth and to make known knowledge given to their president by Advanced
Beings who reside in this Solar System. This information is disseminated
through books, pamphlets, cassettes and albums and two newsletters, "The
Aetherius Society Journal" and "Cosmic Voice".
"Also, study courses in: "Metaphysical and Occult Sciences" and
"Cosmic Revelations" to further spread the word and to explain the cosmic
significance of messages received from the Advanced Beings. Regular
meetings at the U.S. and England headquarters as well as by associated
branches throughout the world.
"PRAYER CIRCLES are organized during a Spiritual Push (or
Magnetization Period) at different holy mountain sites, when the giant
Interplanetary Spacecraft is brought into Earth's orbit by a Cosmic Master.
Helpers who attend these POWER CIRCLES send out the Spiritual energies from
this Cosmic Master to help mankind. . . ."
[One of King's contacts is supposedly Jesus Christ, who now, King says,
resides on Venus].
#9 PRAYER CIRCLE: Sports(11)
SPORTS: "Friends -- but not on the field"
Faith unites the Cards' Aeneas Williams and the Birds' Irving Fryar
By Bob Cohn for the Philadelphia Inquirer
"[Aeneas] Williams, the Arizona Cardinals' all-pro cornerback, and
[Irving] Fryar, the Eagles' most productive wide receiver, are adversaries
on the field. . . .
"But that was before Fryar's religious conversion, before he became a
minister. Suddenly, his common ground with Williams extended beyond the
turf they fight to control. Williams . . . organizes the Cardinals' Tuesday
night prayer sessions and PRAYER CIRCLES after practices. He seems, by all
accounts, to be one of the good guys in sports. 'We've gotten to know each
other, talking and sharing the fellowship,' said Williams, who first got
together with Fryar last season at the Pro Bowl. 'We're kindred. We're
Christians. It's a joy to play against him. . . .'"
#10 PRAYER CIRCLE: Gnosticism(12)
Forty Day Ministry of Christ
by John Gee
"These accounts report the following: Jesus teaches the apostles the
gospel they should preach to the world. He tells of a premortal life and
the creation of the world, adding that this life is a probationary state of
choosing between good and evil, and that those who choose good might
return to the glory of God. He foretells events of the last days, including
the return of Elijah. He also tells the disciples that the primitive church
will be perverted after one generation, and teaches them to prepare for
tribulation. These apocryphal accounts state that Christ's resurrection
gives his followers hope for their own resurrection in glory. Besides
salvation for the living, salvation of the dead is a major theme, as are
the ordinances: "baptism, the Sacrament or Eucharist, ordination of the apostles to authority, their being blessed one
by one, and an
initiation or Endowment (cf. Luke 24:49; usually called 'mysteries'), with
an emphasis on garments, marriage, and PRAYER CIRCLES. These accounts,
usually called secret (Greek, apokryphon; Coptic, hep), are often connected
somehow to the temple, or compared to the Mount of Transfiguration.
Sometimes the apostles are said to ascend to heaven where they see
marvelous things. Whether everything in such accounts is true or not, the
actions of the apostles after the post-resurrection visits of Jesus
contrast sharply with those before. . . ."
#11 PRAYER CIRCLE: Messianic Jews(13)
CHOSEN PEOPLE MINISTRIES
Newsletter May 1997
"Son of David Congregation [-] Many exciting reports have come from Son of
David Congregation, led by Scott Brown in the Washington, D.C. area. Prayer
is getting priority! A women's 'urgent prayer' chain, a bi-monthly
corporate prayer convocation, a weekly Shabbat morning intercessory prayer
group, and havurah (home group) PRAYER CIRCLES have all been established.
In addition, a men's PRAYER CHAIN is in the planning stages. . . ."
#12 PRAYER CIRCLE: Marian Contemplative(14)
PASTORAL MARIAN ORGANIZATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES
Summaries: Bellwether, Contemplative Formation Center:
Intercessors of the Lamb
"The Intercessors of the Lamb are an Association of the Christian Faithful
with branches for priests (servant), religious (hermit), and laity
(companion) founded in 1984 by Sr. Nadine Brown. Their mission focuses on
living and teaching contemplative spirituality, intercessory prayer and
spiritual warfare. All members are consecrated to Mary with the de Montfort
consecration. The center offers a contemplative and intercessory prayer
formation program. It promotes a National Intercessory Prayer Network, and
sponsors the weekly Our Lady Queen of Peace Prayer Service, days of
intercession, all night vigils, weekends of Renewal in the Holy Spirit,
intercessory prayer leadership weekends, spiritual warfare leadership
seminars, an annual National Conference on Intercessory Prayer, parish
establishes INTERCESSORY PRAYER CIRCLES for parishes, homes [and] offices.
. . ."
#13 PRAYER CIRCLE: Christian Discipleship(15)
"PRAYING CIRCLE - Select 5 or more of your friends, form a small prayer
group and plan to have prayer time in your home.
"A good time to have a PRAYER CIRCLE is on Sunday afternoon after worship
service. We normally start with a potluck fellowship. Each family brings a
dish. This is a great way to start because most friends enjoy getting
together to eat. In our experiences with the Prayer Circle, after the
first meeting, everyone will look forward to the next one. We suggest that
you have the Prayer Circle a minimum of once per month. . . . NEVER SKIP A
MONTH! If everyone in your PRAYER CIRCLE can't find a convenient time to
meet, pray anyway. It is important to hold the monthly meeting.
"Tips for Your PRAYER CIRCLE
"The first meeting should not last more than 2 hours. . . . The PRAYER
CIRCLE leader also organizes the devotional and gets volunteers to lead
prayers. We pass a pen and a spiritual planner around for individuals to
write their prayer requests. We date and record all of the prayer requests
in the spiritual planner. At subsequent meetings, we use this journal as a
testimony of the answers to our prayers."
"The meal usually takes 30 minutes to an hour. When most people are
finished eating, we announce that the prayer time will be starting in a few
minutes. We also make sure that everyone has had the opportunity to write
their prayer requests in the spiritual planner. At this point, the host
family is assisted with the dishes and putting the food away.
"The prayer time begins with acapella singing. This is followed by
scripture reading. Normally someone gives a short talk (3 minutes or less)
regarding some aspect of prayer. In our meetings, ministers that are
present allow others to give the short talks. This helps to develop other
spiritual leaders in the small group.
"After one or two short songs the actual prayer time begins. Someone
in the group reads approximately four of the prayer requests. . . . The
PRAYER CIRCLE stands, holds hands and the prayer leader prays. This process
is repeated until all the prayer requests have been presented before God.
The PRAYER CIRCLE leader checks to make sure all the prayers have been
covered. . . ."
#14 PRAYER CIRCLE: Metaphysical Group(16)
"This garden of spiritual inspiration is devoted to metaphysics, mysticism
and spiritual healing. And whatever you click on [referring to choosing a
page on this Website] is Divine Guidance for this moment.
"Prayer Partners in Spiritual Healing
"Prayer counseling, prayer healing, PRAYER CIRCLE, prayer, prayer guidance,
"Do you have a problem? Prayer is a vital, living, dynamic spiritual force.
It has been shown to impact the course of illness and suffering in an
incredible way. So if you are facing a challenge, let prayer work for you.
Our prayer circle will go into Silence and pray to resolve your need. For
prayer counseling, click here: Prayer Request. . . ."
#15 PRAYER CIRCLE: New Age/Metaphysical(17)
Urantia Book's Fellowship Prayer Circle
"Welcome to The Fellowship's PRAYER CIRCLE. Submit prayer requests by
clicking here. Someone from the Circle will respond. Prayer works!
"If you would engage in effective praying, you should bear in mind the
laws of prevailing petitions outlined in The Urantia Book:
"1. You must qualify as a potent prayer by sincerely and courageously
facing the problems of universe reality. You must possess cosmic stamina.
"2. You must have honestly exhausted the human capacity for human
adjustment. You must have been industrious.
"3. You must surrender every wish of mind and every craving of soul to
the transforming embrace of spiritual growth. You must have experienced an
enhancement of meanings and an elevation of values.
"4. You must make a wholehearted choice of the divine will. You must
obliterate the dead center of indecision.
"5. You not only recognize the Father's will and choose to do it, but
you have effected an unqualified consecration, and a dynamic dedication, to
the actual doing of the Father's will.
"6. Your prayer will be directed exclusively for divine wisdom to
solve the specific human problems encountered in the Paradise
ascension--the attainment of divine perfection.
"7. And you must have faith--living faith.
#16 PRAYER CIRCLE: Christian Health organization(18)
A Different Point of View [World-Wide Prayer Circle]
The Alternative News Center
". . . . In addition to our morning reading [A Quiet Place] we have
added this page for those that are wanting a place to share there [sic]
prayer request with believers.
"There is Power in prayer. I have seen it. I have experienced it.
While others observe the 'worlds' news and despair, we believe that by
grabbing hold of the Arm of the Almighty by faith, we can make 'news' and
affect the outcome of personal and worldly events.
"Join with me and let's pray about your concerns, fears and problems.
Send your prayer requests here and we will post them. If you would like to
be a part of a WORLD-WIDE PRAYER CIRCLE just put the words 'Prayer List' .
. . in the . . . Email form. Your prayer request will be shared with
others, and you will receive their prayer requests in turn.
"And so dear Father, we ask You to bless this endeavor to provide your
people with the opportunity to share the burdens of others in prayer. May
we become more like You through this experience, and glorify Your Name.
Amen. . . ."
#17 PRAYER CIRCLE: Sufi Healing Order(19)
Sufi Healing Order Ministry
"Welcome to The Sufi Healing Order web site! There are a number of services
we offer. The primary activity of the Healing Order is spiritual healing.
We offer 'The Healing Service' which is a group PRAYER CIRCLE asking the
Divine One to heal those who ask this of us. Through ritual, prayer, and
attunement to the Divine Spirit The Healing Service offers the possibility
of healing to those who request it. If you need to contact someone to
request a healing press Contacts.
"Members of The Sufi Healing Order also visit the ill, those in
distress, and the infirm, bringing them the Divine Presence as a balm and a
healing, as well as offering personal care and support. Members receive
training in spiritual healing and integrate this into their personal and
professional wellness counseling. If you are interested in contacting
someone local regarding Sufi Healing Order classes press Contacts. . . ."
#18 PRAYER CIRCLE: New Age Member Of World Parliament Of Religions(20)
Circle Sanctuary's Purpose and Work
- "Promote dialogue, cooperation, and mutually beneficial networking
among individuals, groups, and organizations of a wide range of Pagan
denominations and paths through Circle Network. . . .
- "Maintain Circle Sanctuary land, a Pagan religious center and Nature
preserve. . . .
- "Promote the creation and sharing of Pagan rituals, meditations,
music, images, and other sacred art forms.
- "Provide Pagan ministerial services including counseling, SPIRITUAL
HEALING PRAYER CIRCLES, and psychotherapy, plus conduct worship services as
well as weddings, child blessings, funerals, house blessings, and other
rites of passages.
- "Participate in interfaith dialogue and collaboration, including
helping to sponsor conferences such as the Parliament of the World's
Religions and serve as a consultant for Harvard's religious Pluralism
- "Engage in international and multicultural exchange and cooperation
for greater planetary peace and wellness.
#19 PRAYER CIRCLE: Planetary Transformation(21)
Unity North Atlanta Church
Transforming the Planet through Love, One Heart at a Time
"Conscious Living Circles
"A Safe Haven to Grow and Make Friends
"CONSCIOUS LIVING CIRCLES are fun and safe places to grow. The Circles
consist of approximately 12 people who discuss various subjects which the
group chooses as a collective whole. The subjects give you answers to your
questions as well as questions to your answers. Truth principles apply in a
relaxed atmosphere of love, listening and sharing. The groups meet weekly
for eight weeks at various homes and times.
"Everyone that has participated in these Circles has grown, made new
friends and achieved a higher awareness. The energy is wonderful and you
receive prayer support from all the members. The CIRCLES are led with the
Principles of Tao by a Facilitator and Assistant Facilitator.
"A CIRCLE is a place of powerful prayer support, meditation and
discussion where people meet in a relaxed atmosphere of a host home where
one can experience growth and fun. The energy of the CIRCLE is one of love
and the honoring of one another through the practice of active listening.
CONSCIOUS LIVING CIRCLES provide a place where friendships are made and a
sense of spiritual community and belonging to the family a [sic] Unity
North can begin for you. . . . "
#20 PRAYER CIRCLE: One World's People/Community(22)
A Prayer Vigil For The Earth
"Calling A CIRCLE Of All People To Join Us
"Sunrise, September 27, 1997
"In this time of prophecy we are all asked to join together--black,
red, white, yellow and brown--to pray as One People for the Earth.
"We are hoping everyone will join us at sunrise, September 27, 1997.
We'd like to create a CONTINUOUS PRAYER CIRCLE AROUND THE EARTH as the
sun rises that morning.
"In 1993 The Circle, The Wittenberg Center, and David Berry, a
government official organized the first annual prayer vigil entitled, "One
Mind, One Voice, One Heart, One Prayer". This thirty-hour continuous prayer
vigil is now held every Fall in a field next to the Washington Monument in
Washington, DC, USA. Surrounded by a circle of tipis [teepees] and gathered
around the flames of a sacred fire, each year Wisdom Keepers and others
share their ceremonies and teachings with all who attend. The Vigil has
been expanding each year and in 1997 the circle of tipis is opening to
include structures and dwellings from other cultures and religious
traditions. . . .
* International Peace Village
* Thirty Hours of Continuous Prayer
* Prayers and Ceremonies by Indigenous Elders and Leaders of All
* Blessing the Trees of Peace, Memorial Gardens
* The World Peace Prayer Ceremony
* Youth Lodge and Program
* Talking Circles for All Participants
* International Music Offerings
* Round Dances for Racial Unity
* The Earth Charter . . . .
"Washington, D.C. -- At sunrise on Saturday, September 27, 1997, . . .
Native American spiritual elders will hold a sacred Pipe Ceremony
inaugurating a 30-hour Prayer Vigil for the Earth. In addition to
continuous silent prayer offered by volunteers-- each in their own faith
tradition--the Vigil's rich presentations scattered within and around a
circle of 14 teepees will include a World Peace Prayer Ceremony, healing
music in the Sufi Tradition, round dances for racial unity, drumming,
chanting, TALKING CIRCLES, and a vigil fire throughout the night.
" . . . this year's annual Vigil welcomes all peoples from the greater
Washington, D.C. area to join in the prayers, dances, and ceremonies, . . .
not as tourists or curiosity seekers, said Sharon Franquement, Director,
The Circle, but as people seeking to heal the Earth and honor its
sacredness. Other assisting organizations for this year are Unity By the
Bay, The Washington DC Intertribal Cultural Association, Four Worlds
International, Airline Ambassadors, the North American Coalition of
Religion and Ecology, The Washington Area United Religions Initiative, and
The Nathaniel Center for Spiritual Growth.
"Indigenous leaders for the Vigil will include William Commanda of the
Algonquin Nation from Manawaki, Quebec, Canada; Phil Lane of Four Worlds
International, and Harry S. Byrd of the Lakota Nation. . . ."