Prayer comes in many forms and there are a variety of ways to experience prayer at Trinity Cathedral. In addition to our Saturday Evening and Sunday worship services, you can attend weekday services of Holy Communion specifically for healing (Mon. 5:45 pm, Wed. 9 am, Fri. 9 am).  There are classes every other month on a Wednesday called “Prayer Night.”  There we experiment learning different forms of prayer (see parish eNewsletter/Cathedral Cross for dates and times).  We host retreats that focus on prayer.

If you have particular needs for which you would like prayer, there are always others ready to pray with and for you. The Sunday Transept Prayer Ministry, 911 Telephone Prayer Chain and the Order of St. Luke all engage in healing prayer. You may find this “Guidance for Healing Prayer” helpful. You can join us Tuesdays at 6 pm in Centering Prayer, a form of Christian meditation.  You can also call the Church Office (916-446-2513) to request that your name or one you are concerned about is added to the parish Prayer List.

How to Request to Have a Name Included on the Prayer List
By telephone:

  • Get the permission of the person in need of special prayer.
  • Call the Church Office at 916-446-2513 or email us with the name of the person for whom you wish special prayers.  You will need to leave your name and contact information with the request.
  • The names will be offered in prayer at one of the four Sunday services and again during one of the weekday services.
  •  Call the Church Office when it is appropriate to take the person’s name off the list.  Names generally stay on for four weeks.
  • Please know that there are also people to pray with you during the time of Holy Communion in the East Transept of the Cathedral.  All concerts are held in prayer and confidence.

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a modern prayer practice (similar to meditation) that renews the Christian contemplative tradition and calms the noise of our hearts, minds, and lives.  Simply pausing to enter a place of stillness gradually transforms and heals our relationship with God, ourselves and others. There are two ongoing Centering Prayer Groups that meet weekly in the Cathedral’s East Transept. One meets Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., and the other group meets Thursdays at noon.  Newcomers and beginners are welcome. Enter through the side door of the Cathedral nearest to the Nursery.

For more information about Centering Prayer, please contact:

Nancy Earl:;

Shelley Mydans:;

Transept Prayer Ministry

The Transept Ministers pray with those seeking healing or comfort for personal concerns. We pray in the Cathedral East Transept during Sunday worship services and participate in the laying on of hands and prayer during Sunday Healing Eucharists, which occur about 6 times a year. Transept Ministers become channels of God’s healing love to those in need. For more information contact Jennifer Bianchi.

911 Telephone Prayer Chain

Members of the 911 Telephone Prayer Chain pray on the telephone in response to requests for immediate prayer. A prayer is said each time a request is relayed to the next person in the chain. Grateful thanks to God for answering prayers are also included. The group welcomes new members. For more information contact Jill Macdonell through the Cathedral Office at (916) 446-2513. Or submit a prayer request.

Religious Orders

Religious Orders in the Anglican Communion provide a vibrant and living way to experience God’s love, through service, prayer, and communion with others. Religious Orders of monks and nuns have made provision for others to participate in their calling, and affiliates of two such Orders are currently represented here at Trinity. Other Orders, like the Daughters of the King and the Order of St. Luke, are organized explicitly for people outside the monastic context.

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Praying the Daily Office

The Daily Office is the part of our Anglican heritage that most deeply resembles the prayer life of those who live in monastic communities.  The Book of Common Prayer (1979) offers liturgies for ordinary people to set their daily clocks to a rhythm of prayer.  The Offices are Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer and Compline or (Nighttime Prayer).  The Book of Common Prayer also offers an abbreviated form of Daily Devotions for use with Individuals and/or Families.

The Lessons for each day are divided into a 2 year cycle and if completed, allows one to read through the Old Testament once, the New Testament twice, and the Psalms every seven weeks.  The Daily Office “lectionary” (or schedule of lessons) is found in the back of the Book of Common Prayer.  The year 2012 follows the readings for Year 2.

Many choose to follow the Daily Office using an online resource.  One such website is Mission St. Clare (  This site also has downloadable apps for Androids, iPhones, iPads and Kindles.  Copies of the Book of Common Prayer (1979) are available in the Cathedral Bookshop.