Meditatio – using a mantra

Christian meditation is an ancient  practice. The teachings of the World Community for Christian Meditation lie in the desert tradition of early Christianity dating back to the 4th century. In 1975 John Main, a Benedictine Monk (1926-1982) of Ealing Abbey, started the first Christian Meditation Center in London. The World Community is now present in 120+ countries.

Start Meditation with a short prayer
Heavenly Father, open our hearts to the silent presence of the spirit of your Son.
Lead us into that mysterious silence where your love is revealed to all who call
‘Maranatha … Come, Lord Jesus” 

Sit still with your back straight. Close your eyes lightly. Then interiorly, silently begin to recite a single word – a mantra, the ancient Christian prayer-word “Maranatha” is recommended.

Use the arrow on the side of the window below to select a meditation timer. Then in silence mindfully meditate in the Christian tradition
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The School of Meditation

There is a wonderful website at that teaches the simplicity of the practice online.

Please listen to video What is Meditation? from Benedictine monk Fr. Laurence Freeman  OSB who is Director of the WCCM Benedictine Community.


There is also an online course An Introduction to Christian Meditation that teaches you how to meditate and helps you to establish it as a regular practice. It also tells the story of how meditation was rediscovered within the Christian tradition as a form of contemplative prayer and how it is practiced by many Christians around the world.

Listen to Twelve Talks on Silent Meditation by John Main OSB 


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