Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina (Latin for “divine reading”) is a slow, contemplative praying of the Scriptures, not as text, but as the “Living Word,” which invites participants into a unique union with God. Lectio Divina is not about seeking information or motivation, but about seeking communion with God.

It is an ancient prayer style started by Origin in the 3rd century, passed to St. Ambrose and St. Augustine and eventually practiced and promoted by Benedictine monastics and oblates over the centuries. In the 20th century, Pope Paul VI recommended its use by all in Dei Verbum. Pope Benedict SVI reemphasized its use.

Lectio Divina traditionally has four steps: read, meditate, pray, and contemplate, that help to “crack open” the Scripture, making it come alive as if God is speaking to its participants. A small Scripture passage is read 2-3 times, allowing time in between each reading for God to speak to us in the quiet of our heart and mind and through our neighbor. When prayed in small groups, participants share insights, helping all to see how God is speaking to each through the Scripture. It is an incredibly profound way to pray.

Meetings: every Sunday after the 9:00 AM Mass (10:05 AM) in the Multi-Purpose Room

Contact: Sr. Annie Bremmer at abremmer@stsjohnandpaul.org or 724-935-2104 X223