Lectio Divina, which translates from the Latin to mean ‘Divine Reading’, is an ancient form of prayer in the Church which involves reading, listening to, responding to and resting in the Word of God. It has its origins from the early monastic communities and is still very relevant and very much encouraged today as a way of communicating with God through the Scriptures. Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum) encourages us to continue renewing the Church through the Word of God and Lectio Divina is a powerful means to renew our relationship with God through the Scriptures.
It’s important to note that Lectio Divina isn’t the same as a Bible study or a bible course, where there is normally a focus on a large section of the bible or on the bible as a whole, Lectio Divina on the other hand asks us to intentionally focus and pray with a short passage of Scripture, reading, reflecting and allowing it to speak into our lives and circumstances. It is a wonderful way to deepen our prayer life and grow in our personal relationship with the Lord.
For the season of Advent there will be an opportunity to experience the practice and prayer of Lectio Divina as a group, which will begin on Wednesday 29th November, 7.30 to 8.30pm, upstairs in the Parish office. If you would like to deepen your prayer life and grow in your love of the Scriptures, please do join us.