Ampleforth Abbey

25 February 2018

Raising the mind and heart to God

There are many definitions of prayer and one of the most popular speaks of prayer as the "raising of the mind and heart to God". To pray is to make ourselves aware of God, to spend some time in His presence and listen to Him: "Speak, Lord, your servant is listening". To pray is also to present ourselves to God, as we are, to offer ourselves and other people to him, giving him thanks for all that is good, and to ask asking his help and strength with all that is weak.

In this section, you can find some basic information about some of the characteristic ways in which monks pray. You can also access an archive of homilies given by Fr Abbot and other monks at Mass in the Abbey Church on Sundays and important Feasts, and find a series of reflections on the readings at Sunday Mass.

Live streaming of services

You can now listen to the Offices of Lauds (Weekdays 7.30am, Sundays 8am), Vespers (Weekdays 6pm, Sundays 6.20pm) and Compline (Daily 8.15pm) live from the Abbey Church by clicking on the link below:

To listen live please click here.