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.

Lent III

Psalm 95

Come, let us sing joyfully to God;
let us acclaim the rock of our salvation.

Let us come into God's presence with thanksgiving;
let us joyfully sing psalms.

Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the God who made us.
We are the people God shepherds.

Oh, that today you would hear God's voice
"Harden not your hearts as at Meribah
as in the day of Massah in the desert."
Your ancestors tempted me;
they tested me though they had seen my works.

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)