Lectio Divina: join in the Divine Silence

Lectio Divina: join in the Divine Silence

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Dear <<First Name>>,

This Advent, we invite you to connect with each other, with Scripture, and with God — through words and through silence. Lectio Divina is a form of prayer in which a group silently contemplates a sacred reading together.

We will be holding three sessions via Zoom on Wednesdays in Advent:

  • December 2 at 10am
  • December 9 at 2pm
  • December 16 at 6pm

There is no need to register in advance. Everyone is invited to attend! For more details on how the Lectio Divina will work, read the full description following this letter.

Once we’ve held these three trial sessions the group will discuss whether to continue with weekly Lectio Divina sessions. The group will also select a regular meeting time for successive one-week Wednesday sessions.

“In practicing Lectio Divina,” writes Br. Dan Korn, “we are gently merged into the mystery of God.” Please come this Advent and share this silent wonder with your St. John’s family.

Ed Stieve, Dave Embry, and Otto Paier

What is Lectio Divina?
According to Br. Dan Korn, CSsR, the practice of Lectio Divina, or the divine or sacred reading, is a form of prayer where one is led through silent meditation into contemplative action. This journey is shaped and nurtured in four simple ways: 

  1. Lectio (reading) 
  2. Meditatio (reflection) 
  3. Oratio (prayer) 
  4. Contemplatio (resting in a quiet presence)

What to expect during a Lectio Divina session?

  1. The selector will signal that the session will begin by asking each attendee to begin with silence for centering and to silently read the posted passage selected for that week’s session.
  2. When he or she feels ready, the selector will ask for a volunteer to read the selected piece aloud to the group.
  3. After hearing the passage read aloud, each participant will reread the passage silently once more or as often as he or she wishes. During this silent reading, each person will select a word or phrase which speaks to him or her.
  4. After a few minutes of this contemplative period of silent reading and meditation, a volunteer will read the passage aloud to the group for a second time. 
  5. When prompted by the selector, participants will give a very brief comment on the word or phrase from the passage he or she selected. Feedback from other participants is not expected; participants will simply contemplate on the words selected by other members.
  6. After allowing all to make comments if they choose, the group will have a meditative silence in which participants contemplate on how this passage speaks to their own life.
  7. Spontaneous prayers by participants to close.

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