Lectio Divina (literally divine reading) is a way of becoming immersed in the Scriptures very personally. Lectio Divina was first introduced by St. Gregory of Nyssa (c 330- 395), and also encouraged by St. Benedict of Nursia (c 480-547), the founder of the Benedictine order. It’s a way of developing a closer relationship with God by reflecting prayerfully on His words. In Lectio Divina, the chosen spiritual text is read four times in total, giving an opportunity to think deeply about it and respond thoughtfully. When we practice Lectio Divina, we can imagine we’re actually involved in the events of Scripture. Join us each week as we delve into the origins of this spiritual practice and practice it.
- 10/1 – Session 1: Introduction and overview. We will examine prayer as a relationship between us and the trinity. We will also examine the history of the Lectio Divina practice. Then we will examine the distinction between Centering Prayer and Lectio.
- 10/8 – Session 2: This session will focus on the first two movements of the Lectio- Divina prayer. We will practice these movements and their will be time for sharing insights.
- 10/15 – Session 3: In this session we will review the first two movements of Lectio Divina but our main focus will be on the third and fourth movements of the prayer. As before in session 2, we will practice these movements and there will be time for sharing insights.
- 10/22 – Session 4: Putting it all together. We will review all four movements of Lectio and do some practicing and again sharing of insights. Lastly, we will explore what are the next steps.