Praying Through Movement

What is praying through movement?

Our Christian faith is incarnational, a fact proven when God became flesh and walked among us, indicating the inherent sanctity of our bodies. In fact, Scripture describes our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19).  We can take the simplest gestures– shaking a hand, hugging a friend, exercising – and use them to glorify God. As children of God blessed with real form in His image and likeness, it is only fitting that we use our bodies to pray.

How do I pray?

You can make your movement a prayer.

  • Kneel or prostrate yourself before the Blessed Sacrament. Show God your reverence through your posture.
  • Take a walk, or move about the space while you pray out loud.  
  • Raise your hands in the air as you sing songs of praise.
  • Notice your movement during Mass: the sign of the cross, bowing, kneeling, striking the chest, and more.
  • Bow deeply when you see a crucifix, making the sign of the cross.
  • Join your hands together. Then open them out in a v-shape, calling upon the Holy Spirit. Then hold both your hands forward with palms up to receive God’s blessings.
  • Kiss the Bible or Book of the Gospels before reading it.
  • Make a pilgrimage.This can be as simple as reverently walking to a cross in your home and praying there, or as extensive as traveling to another country to visit a holy site. You could make a pilgrimage on campus to the Grotto, the cross in the woods, or the Basilica. God often meets us along the journey to our destination.
  • Open your hands when you meditate. This posture opens us up to God’s will for our lives.
  • Honor your body by taking good care of it: turn your exercise or self-care into a prayer. Go for a run or a walk, and pray as you go. When you’re hungry or tired, rather than working just a bit longer or watching just one more episode, remind yourself that your body and health are a gift. Thank God for that gift by caring your body.