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)

The mountains melt like wax in the presence of the Holy One. The skies proclaim justice; the glory of God is seen by all.

You are our source of strength; you give us your favor and glory. You will not refuse any good to all who walk in sincerity.

Day after day I will praise you and glorify your name forever.
You are great, worthy of praise.
Your magnificence is beyond our knowing.

Blest are you, O God.
I praise you among all the nations, proclaim your name throughout the land.
I will sing psalms and give you glory, for you have shown me great love.

You are the God of All Life.
You enlighten my darkness.
With you I can withstand any hardship.
In you I find my courage.

I will never take back my love; my faithfulness will not fail.
I will never break my covenant or go back on my promise.

I am like an olive tree, growing in the house of God.
In the presence of all the faithful I will trust and give thanks,
proclaiming the goodness of God.

God spread a cloud to cover them by day and fire to give light in the darkness.

How good and how pleasant it is when all people dwell in unity.

You love those who search for truth.
In wisdom, center me, for you know my frailty.

Long ago you created the earth and set the heavens in place.
They shall perish, but you will remain.
They will all wear out like a garment, but you are everlasting.

O God, listen to my prayer; let my cry for help reach you.
See my grief and answer me quickly.

O God, you are good and forgiving, full of love for all who call.
Listen to my prayer and attend to the sound of my voice.

You, O God, search the mind and know the depths of the heart.

Return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.
Rend your hearts and not your clothing.

A clean heart create for me, O God.
Put a steadfast spirit within me.

I will bless God with constant words of praise. I glory in God alone; let the humble hear and rejoice.

Earth, be humbled before the Holy One, for rock was turned into pools of water and stone into a flowing spring.

Your word stands firm forever, O God. Like the earth you created, your faithfulness lasts for all ages.

The just will flourish like the palm tree and grow tall as Lebanon cedars. Planted in your garden, they will flourish in your presence.

Be strong; fear not! God is coming. The God of justice and mercy is coming to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared. Then will the lame leap like gazelles; silent tongues will sing.

In days to come the dwelling of the God of Life shall be upon the highest mountain, exalted above the hills.

O God, you are robed in beauty and clothed with great strength. All glory and splendor cannot equal your presence.

Your teaching is perfect, renewing life. Your decrees are trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple. Your law is truth, gladdening the heart.

If today you hear God's voice, harden not your hearts.

When the kindness and love of our Savior appeared, our worthy deeds were no reason for this. God's mercy alone, in kindness and care, with patience and love, all this gave us new life.

God is just and loves justice; the upright shall see God.

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

You, O God, are the source of all blessings. Alleluia!
Let us be glad, rejoice, and give you glory. Alleluia! Alleluia!

My heart overflows with words of praise. To the beloved I sing my hymn, my tongue is nimble as the pen of a scribe.

Sing joyfully to God, all the earth. Walk in the holy presence. Ring out your praise with great rejoicing.

Give thanks to the God of Goodness whose love endures forever.

O God, you search me and know me.
You know my resting and my rising;
you discern all my thoughts.
You know when I walk or lie down,
you are familiar with all my ways.

You planted us on the mountain,
the place where you made your dwelling.
You, O God, live forever.
You are our strength.
You are our song.

You welcome me with choice blessings.
I asked life of you;
you gave me length of days forever.

The heavens are covered with your glory,
and with your praise the earth is full.
Your splendor spreads like the light;
your presence radiates strength.

It is good to give thanks to you, O God,
to make music to your holy name,
to proclaim your love at daybreak
and your faithfulness through the night.

Your ways, O God, are holy.
Who is like you?

One nation shall not raise arms against another,
training for war will be not more.
God alone is the source of peace.
Let us walk in the holy presence.

All beings everywhere,
in the heavens,
on earth,
and under the earth,
shall proclaim the glory of God.

Great is the Creator, worthy of all praise!
Let the city of God rejoice.
The holy mountain, beautiful where it rises,
is the joy of all the earth.

Teach me your ways that I may walk in your truth. Let my heart find joy in giving honor to your name.

Happy are those who love God, who take delight in all God’s commands. Their offspring will be prosperous on earth; the children of the upright shall be blest.

Hear the prayer of your faithful, for you are ever gracious to your people. Thus it will be known to the very ends of the earth that you are God.

O God, save me by your name; with your strength uphold me. O God, hear my prayer; listen to the words of my mouth.

I shall walk in the path of freedom, for I seek your precepts.

Be a rock of refuge and a firm shelter to save me, for you are my rock, my safety. For your name’s sake, lead and guide me.

Bless God, all you works of creation. All creatures of the earth, bless God. God of Creation, we praise you forever.

Before the world began, we were chosen to be holy and blameless in Christ, to be full of love.

Turn to me and be safe, all you ends of the earth, for I am God; there is no other!

I will sing of your love, O God; through all generations I will proclaim your faithfulness. Of this I am sure that your love lasts forever, your faithfulness is firmly established.

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