Practice 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.
Steps for practicing this prayer form:
  • Read the passage below 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)

O God, let your love come upon me,
the saving help of your promise.

You are fair among the people of the earth;
graciousness comes from within.
for God has blest you forever.

O people, bless the Holy One; let the song of praise resound.

Let them thank God for such great love, for the marvels done on their behalf. God satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

God is eternal, the creator of all that is. Hope in God! Your strength will be renewed. You will soar like an eagle, run and not grow weary.

Your commands have been my delight; these I have loved. I will respect your commands and honor your statutes.

Blest are you, O God, you have lavished me with your love.

Your strength is from the Holy One. In splendor and glory, arise for the cause of truth.

Indeed, how good is the Holy One, steadfast in love. Such faithfulness endures forever.

You heavens, sun, moon, and stars, all the universe, bless God. God of Creation, we praise you forever.

Praised be God, the Eternal One, who has made us holy in Christ, given us every blessing.

Come and see the wonders of God; awe-inspiring are these deeds.

Pour out your blessings, O God, upon the good and the faithful.

It is God who sets captives free,
who gives sight to the blind
and raises those who grieve.

Teach me to follow the path that leads to you.

Let God be praised!
Let God alone be praised!
The splendor of God's holy name
reaches beyond earth and sky.

Jesus chose to be emptied,
taking the form of a servant,
being born in our likeness.

Tell all those of future generations
that such is the God who saves,
who lives forever and always,
the One who guides us in safe paths.

Love God, all you faithful ones,
for God sustains you.

I will espouse you to myself forever.
I will espouse you with integrity and justice,
in tenderness and mercy.
I will espouse you in fidelity,
and you shall know that I am God.

O my Strength,
it is you to whom I turn,
for you are my refuge,
the God who shows me love.

Chant praises to God, all you chosen ones,
all who worship God reverently, great and small.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Give thanks to the Source of all Blessing.
All the beauty of the earth, bless God.
God of Creation, we praise you forever.

This is the day God made;
let us rejoice and be glad.
God grants blessing and salvation.
Blest be the one who comes in God’s name.

We have been given the wisdom
to understand fully the mystery,
the plan that was made known in Christ,
to be carried out in the fullness of time —
to bring all things in the heavens and on earth,
gathered into one in Christ.

Come, listen,
all you who reverence God.
I will recount what has been done for me.
I will extol the Holy One,
with praise always on my tongue.

I will praise you, O God, with all my heart; I will recount all your wonders and sing the glory of your name.

Like sheep you brought forth your people, guiding them like a flock in the desert. You led them safely with nothing to fear, while the sea engulfed their foes. You brought them to your holy land and divided it for their heritage.

Let there be rejoicing and gladness for all who seek you. Let all who love you ever say, "To God be glory and praise."

Give thanks for the goodness of God whose steadfast love endures forever. Who can recount God's many deeds? Who can sing enough praise?

O God, be gracious and bless us; shed your light on us, for you alone give life. Let your ways be known upon the earth that all may acclaim you as God.

I love you, O God, my strength. It is in you that I place my trust. You are my rock, my helper. You are worthy of all praise. I call on you that I may be safe.

A song of justice and kindness I sing to you, O God. I shall walk in the way of integrity.

The heavens declare your wonders; the assembly of your holy ones praises you. Who can compare with you, O God? Who is like you?

Constantly seek the holy presence. Remember the wonders done for us, the miracles, the judgments spoken.

How precious is your love. All creation finds refuge in the shelter of your wings.

You are God, yet you care for the poor, the proud you know from afar. Though I walk in the midst of affliction, you give me life and keep me safe.

Let us exalt God. Let us praise God's holy name forever.

The world you made firm, never to be shaken; your rule stands firm from of old, for you are the Eternal One.

May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be acceptable in your presence, O God, my glory, my rock.

I love your law, O God! It is ever in my mind. Your command makes me wiser than my foes, for it is ever with me.

With the melody of lyre and harp I sing of your glory. I delight in your many wonders.

You are the strength of your people, a refuge where your anointed find help. O God, save your people; bless and protect your heritage. Shepherd of carry them forever.

God says to the people, "I will spread peace like a river and the glory of the nations like an overflowing torrent."

Caught up in your beauty, I speak of my heart's desire: to find the fullness of life, dwelling in your presence forever.

We give you praise, O God of Life; both now and evermore we bless your name. From east to west and north to south, from sunrise to sunset may your name be praised.

Praise God all you heavens,
sun moon, all stars of light,
all waters above the heavens,
let the glory of praise resound

Lifting up my hands, I call upon your name,
for your love is finer than life.
I shall feast on the riches of your banquet;
my heart will leap for joy in praise of you.

Be of the same mind as Christ Jesus who, though by nature was God, did not cling to equality with God.

Bless me, O God, that I might live and obey your word.
Open my eyes that I may see the wonders of your law.

O God, you see and know the truth.
Stay near, do not be silent.
Awake, come to my help.