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 V

Psalm 30:1-8

Out of the depths I cry to you;
O God, hear my voice!
Be attentive to my cry, my pleading.
If you remember our guilt,
who would survive?
With you is forgiveness.
My soul waits for you:
I count on your word.
My soul longs for you
more than the sentry for daybreak.
Let sentinels count on daybreak;
let Israel count on you.
With you there is mercy
and grace in abundance.
Israel will be redeemed
from all its iniquity.

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)