Growing in Prayer: what the saints tell us about the spiritual journey

Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

A series of three Holy Week Lectures, delivered from 6 to 8 April 2009 in Canterbury Cathedral. As introduced by the author: “Any Christian who’s growing up just a little bit in the faith is pretty well bound at some point to say: ‘There is, isn’t there, a bit more to it than just asking God for things?; it’s not just about a kind of spiritual Father Christmas business.’ And what is that something more? […] The unifying theme is this: Quite simply, growing in prayer is growing in Christian humanity, not simply acquiring a set of special, spiritual, skills which operate in one bit of your life. It’s about growing into what St Paul calls ‘the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ’.”

Republished with kind permission from the Archbishop’s Press office.

Lecture 1: ‘The Early Church’

Click here to download– 49:26 minutes (45MB)

Lecture 2: ‘Reformers, Catholic & Protestant’

Click here to download– 53:12 minutes (49MB)

Lecture 3: ‘The Quest for God in the Modern Age’

Click here to download – 1:01:17 minutes (56MB)

Format: MP3.

Dr Rowan Williams is the 104th and current Archbishop of Canterbury, principal leader of the Church of England, and the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion.