Lectio Divina

Lectio divina, Latin for “divine reading,” is an ancient method of praying to promote union with God. It is slow, non-product oriented, contemplative, and filled with silence. Its outward appearances might be a gentler spirit, a passionate heart, greater compassion, love and peace-making. Consider making lectio divina part of your day every day.

Good Friday - Lamentation 2:8-9, 3:1-6

Lamentation of Jeremiah the prophet

Heth:
God determined to lay in ruins the wall of the daughter of Zion;
marked it off with the line; restrained not from destroying;
caused rampart and wall to lament, they languished together.

Teth:
Her gates have sunk into the ground;
God has ruined and broken her bars;
her ruler and leaders are among the nations;
the law is no more,
and her prophets obtain no vision from God.

Aleph:
I am the one who has seen affliction under the rod of God’s wrath;
God has driven me and brought me into darkness without any light;
against me alone God turns again and again the whole day long.

Beth:
God has made my flesh and my skin waste away;
and broken my bones;
has besieged and enveloped me with bitterness and tribulation;
has made me dwell in darkness like the dead of long ago.

Response:
Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
be converted to the Holy One, your God.

We have seen the Just One as not having beauty or comeliness.
There is no sightliness in the One who has borne our sins
and grieves for us. The Just One was wounded for our iniquities.
By these wounds we have been healed.

Surely, this is the One who has borne our infirmities
and carried our sorrows.

By these wounds we have been healed.

Lamentation 2:8-9, 3:1-6

Steps for practicing this prayer form:

  • Read the passage slowly with attention, savoring each word. (lectio)
  • Reflect on the meaning and message of the text for you. (meditatio)
  • Pray with reverence and gratefulness. (oratio)
  • Rest in God’s abiding presence. (contemplatio)
  • Be a prophetic witness in the world. (actio)