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What is Prayer Service

The prayer service consists primarily of group singing and meditation. The singing consists of hymns and spiritual songs. It is accompanied by a harmonium (an Indian hand-held organ), tabla (Indian drums) and cymbals. Lyrics and translations of the songs are provided for group participation. A short meditation session is also held during the prayer service. For this period, complete silence is maintained and individuals are welcome to practice their preferred methods of meditation. The session is ended with the chanting of AUM.   At the Ramakrishna Vedanta Ashrama Pittsburgh, the prayer service begins at the close of the day, near the time of sunset. See Visiting Hours for more specific days and times.   All are welcome to attend.