“God’s first word is silence.”
-Thomas Keating

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather it casts a new light and depth of meaning on them. Centering Prayer is an ancient method of Christian prayer adapted for modern times by Fathers Thomas Keating, William Meninger and Basil Pennington.

The Centering Prayer application will support your daily prayer practice commitment. Beautiful and peaceful, the app includes an adjustable timer, as well as opening and closing prayer options that you may read before and after your silent prayer time. An assortment of sounds and backgrounds allow you to choose the type of environment you want to create for your prayer time. Brief instructions for learning Centering Prayer are also included.

It is recommended you practice being in relationship with God through Centering Prayer twice a day for 20 minutes to begin with.

What's New

Version 2.1

- Bookstore is available again after some break
- Bookstore layout improvements basically for iPad
- improved content for some prayers
- several minor fixes and improvements
- better support for iOS 10

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5

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3.2K Ratings

Perfect in every way


This app is the perfect companion for beginning or continuing the journey of centering prayer. The creators don’t charge anything, and yet it has everything you need to begin, including a digital form of the pamphlet available on their website, which gives you the basics of centering prayer.

Using the app takes you through a process beginning with an opening prayer, followed by the centering prayer period itself, which you can adjust to a duration you’re comfortable with. You can also select the Bell sounds you prefer to open and close your prayer. After the prayer you’re encouraged to meditate on a closing text. The opening prayer and closing thought can be selected from a number of options available within the app itself.

In short, I cannot imagine a better app for free that provides the guidance and support this one does, and does so elegantly. The app was clearly designed by people who have no other motive than to introduce the practice of centering prayer to the widest range of people they can.

Centering made easy


As a practice of my spiritual journey I find this app easy to use as I begin my day with silent meditation. The options to open with prayer then being lead to prayer with a chime make it easy to focus on the task at hand-listening for the whisper of the Divine. The ability to set the length of quiet meditation and be brought back to reality with a chime takes the “worry” away from waiting for the end of meditation allow one to focus on deepening awareness of the One within.



When I started CP 1 1/2 years ago I had a had time figuring out the app. (I was also a pretty new Christian at the time). I tried it out recently at the suggestion of a friend. Wow! It really flows & I now find it very easy to use. I think I just needed a little experience first. I just love the app. One suggestion I have that I would like is for you to add a feature that stores the time up each day & a journal feature for notes or thoughts.


Contemplative Outreach Ltd
64 MB
Health & Fitness
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2014-2017 Contemplative Outreach Ltd.
In-App Purchases
  1. Attention/Intention, the One Thing Needed $9.99
  2. Complete Contemplative Life Program $109.99
  3. Forgiveness: A Growth in Love $11.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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