The orans (Latin for “prayer”) position is an ancient posture assumed while praying with arms outstretched, hands open and cupped. The gesture of open lifted hands while praying occurs throughout scripture (see Exodus 9.29, 33; 1 Kings 8.22, 38; Psalms 63.4, 88.10, 134.2, 141.2 and 1 Timothy 2.8). In the catacombs beneath Rome there are numerous images on the walls of people praying in the orans position. Join in, if you like.
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Our church sits in an ancestral homeland of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. Christian colonizers forced their ancestors into missions and seized their land. We grieve the loss of indigenous lives, the destruction of indigenous culture, and the commodification of indigenous land. God calls us to a right relationship with this land and its past, present, and future caretakers. Muwekma neighbors are a sovereign people. May we live in solidarity with them and repair Creation with all.