They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. …Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
The CPCF offers the following resources for downloading. All offered material is in English as Adobe pdf files unless stated otherwise. If you would like to submit additional material to share with others, please see the Submitting Material section near the bottom of this page.
The primary source of information about Companioned Prayer is found in the book, Companioned Prayer; an Interactive Prayer for Companions, Families and Small Groups, by Bill Stobbe. You may freely download the most recent Adobe pdf version dated 5/18/2021 by clicking this link: download book (1.5 Mb). The book is also available from Amazon in e-format for Kindles, tablets, the Kindle app, et cetera for $0.99 USD (the minimum amount allowed by Amazon) by clicking here. Before ordering, you can check the book's description on Amazon to see if it is as current as the pdf version. BOTH THE PDF AND KINDLE VERSIONS DO NOT AS YET INCORPORATE THE CHANGES ANTICIPATED FOR THE NEW APPROACH TO TEACHING AND LEARNING THE PRAYER. THE BOOK IS EXPECTED TO BE UPDATED BY THE END OF 2021.
Companioned Prayer Forms
Prayer forms are for use by individuals companioning one another. The most commonly used form is the standard form for Ordinary Time, and is the form that should be used when learning the prayer. Standard forms are listed first, followed by abbreviated forms. For information on the abbreviated forms, see chapter 9 of the book, Companioned Prayer.
Standard Companioned Prayer forms:
Abbreviated Companioned Prayer forms:
Other Companioned Prayer forms:
Companioned Introduction to the Loving Heart of Jesus:
The Loving Heart of Jesus (LHJ) prayer forms are for use in ministry or for people new to Companioned Prayer. (Also see "The Loving Heart of Jesus in Companioned Prayer" in the Instructional Materials section below.)
Introductory tri-fold brochure – in MS Word
A Summary of Companioned Prayer - also appropriate for people exploring participating in a Companioned Prayer group.
THE CPCF IS IN THE PROCESS OF EXPLORING A NEW, VERY MUCH SIMPLIED, METHOD OF LEARNING THE PRAYER, WHICH SHOULD NOT NECESSITATE A LONG PROGRAM OF MANY MEETINGS. WE ANTICIPATE UPDATING THIS WEBSITE'S INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS IN THE FALL OF 2021.
THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL IS FROM PRIOR TO THE ANTICPATED CHANGES:
Instructional materials for teaching a standard introductory program as discussed in chapter 12 of the book, Companioned Prayer, are offered below. Additional material, including material developed for teaching within specific service ministries will be offered as developed and submitted.
Sample ten-week extended retreat based on the book, Companioned Prayer – detailed outline in MS Word.
Sample ten-week Lenten-Easter extended retreat - detailed outline in MS Word.
Sample ten-week Into the loving heart of Jesus extended retreat - detailed outline in MS Word.
Sample Listening to God in our Lives program that includes Lectio Divina, St. Ignatius' Daily Examen, and Companioned Prayer - high-level and detailed outline in MS Word.
Program and retreat handouts associated with the Listening for God in our Lives program, the Lenten-Easter retreat, and the Loving Heart of Jesus retreat.
Teaching aides (sample exercises for use with the above programs/retreats)
Reflective Prayer for Ordinary Time (from chapter 12 of the book, Companioned Prayer)
Getting Started with Companioned Prayer - a lengthy tutorial only suitable for those joining an ongoing Companioned Prayer group who cannot attend a formal instructional program.
Disclaimer – to be given to everyone learning the prayer (also included in the Retreat handouts, the Summary of Companioned Prayer, and in the Getting Started with Companioned Prayer, above)
Handouts for self-instruction, programs and retreats
The following handouts can be useful when learning the prayer by yourself, or as part of an instructional program or retreat. The handouts are specifically referred to within the retreat and program outlines. Handouts with an asterisk are identical to those elsewhere on this page, except with the "HO-xx" designation.
[THE LIST OF HANDOUTS IS BEING DEVELOPED]
Articles and Links
There are no articles or links posted at this time.
Individuals and groups participating in Companioned Prayer ministry or outreach will from time to time develop material that may be useful to others who have similar goals. This material can be on any topic related to Companioned Prayer. For example, it could include articles, flyers, bulletins or announcements about your Companioned Prayer activities. It could be general brochures about Companioned Prayer, or special brochures, announcements or write-ups about a specific Companioned Prayer outreach ministry (using Companioned Prayer with the homeless, etc.) Material or articles might be developed incorporating Companioned Prayer into other traditional forms of Christian worship, prayer or spiritual exercises, (such as the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.) Or material may be developed on how to incorporate Companioned Prayer into Christian youth groups or other specific communities of interest. These are just examples of possible subject materials. In addition, we hope that material will be developed (or translated) in languages other than English.
If you have developed material that you would like to share, send it in an email to info@CompanionedPrayer.org. Guidelines for submitting material for posting on the CPCF website include:
The material must be related to the Christian practice of Companioned Prayer. All material submitted must have a primary Christian focus. Material that is designed to promote or use Companioned Prayer as a non-Christian practice will not be posted, and should not be submitted.
Submitted material may be edited by the CPCF prior to posting.
All material submitted for posting is submitted for downloading and use by the public without cost to the user. Submitted material should not be copyrighted. All material submitted for posting, with the exception of the book Companioned Prayer by Bill Stobbe and its posted excepts (including all prayer forms), will become public domain upon posting unless it is copyrighted per item 4 below.
Copyrighted material within other media can be submitted for posting as links to those media. When providing a link, please also provide a brief description of the material. Excerpts of copyrighted material which are considered beyond "fair use" can be submitted for posting if a permission is provided by the copyright holder.
If the material is not in English, please identify its language and provide an English translation so we can review the material.
Opinions expressed in all submissions and postings are those of the contributor, and are not necessarily those of the CPCF even though selected and posted by the CPCF. The CPCF may add or remove individual postings at any time.
In the spirit of sharing the blessings given to us, the CPCF offers all of the material on this page for downloading.