Sofia—the music of prayer; the prayer of music

Real Conversation

Timothy Frantzich invites us to traipse the marshes of Minnesota with his child-self until we feel our own hearts open. Then walk with him as he discovers the “theology of addition,” until it’s all prayer, especially singing together. Carin shares her personal definition of prayer—a fresh idea you have not heard before, then carries us into the healing “practice of unbroken sound.” This is a truly magical conversation about the mystical music of prayer.

Real Person

Sofia” is Timothy Frantzich, Carin Vagle, and Dean Magraw. They collaborated with Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz to record Sofia The Beatitudes in the original Aramaic, creating chants that bypass the mind and drop straight into the heart. Sofia will be performing with Janet Conner at the first Speed of Love prayer concert at Unity of Minneapolis on June 12.

Real Prayer Action

This conversation is filled with beautiful prayer practices that may not even feel like prayer practices. Here are a few lovely ways to pray.

  • There may not be marshes surrounding your house, but you can step outside and go for a walk with your eyes and ears and skin wide open to the beauty that this earth. And bring your child-self along for the walk!
  • While you’re walking you might enjoy chanting Om Gam Ganesha Om Namah
  • Practice the Unbroken Sound. Chant: Sa Ah Na Re Nom over and over and over again.
  • Sing with Timothy’s teacher, Doug Von Kos, at the Temple of Melodious Sound
  • Take a line you love and start singing it. Alone, with friends, around the dinner table. Open your heart and sing your prayers.

And of course, chant Beatitude #2 in Prayer Bag 7: Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Or in Dr. Douglas-Klotz’ additional translation: Blessed are those in emotional turmoil; they shall be united inside by love. And enjoy “The Bridge,” joining a Christian hymn to a Hindi one to create a new addition to prayer!

Listen to samples of The Beatitudes on iTunes.

Visit our Praying at the Speed of Love Facebook community and share your experiences with the music in prayer and the prayer in music.


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