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 VI

Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24

All who see me deride me.
They toss their heads and sneer,
"You trusted, let God save you.
May you be released if God is your friend."

Many have surrounded me;
a band of the wicked beset me.
Their pierce my hands and my feet
and leave me in the dust of death.
I can count every one of my bones.

They divide my clothing among them
and cast lots for my robe.
O God, do not leave me alone;
my strength, make haste to help me!

I will proclaim your name to my friends,
and praise you where they are assembled.
You who reverence God, give praise;
tribes of Israel, give glory to God.

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)