LECTIO DIVINA (divine, or sacred reading’) is a 2000-year-old spiritual tradition among Christians, in which they attentively and prayerfully read the Word of God. Traditionally, Lectio Divina has four separate steps: read; meditate; pray; contemplate. First a passage of Scripture is read, then its meaning is reflected upon. This is followed by prayer and contemplation on the Word of God.
Although there is an element of study in Lectio Divina, it is not the same as Bible Study. It is more prayerful, seeking not to master or grasp the sacred text, but rather to come into the presence of God. We seek to be humbly attentive to God’s Holy Word, to ponder it, and to let it enter into our hearts and minds, so that it may transform us. Lectio Divina is intended to draw us closer to God, and to transform our attitudes and behaviour.
This Advent Monsignor Larry will lead a Lectio Divina following the Advent themes from the Gospel of Luke in preparation for the Solemnity of Christmas – The Nativity of the Lord.
It will take place at the Rectory on the following dates beginning at 7:00pm.
Thursday, December 3rd – Luke 3,1-6 – Prepare the way of the Lord.
Thursday, December 10th – Luke 3, 10-18 – Teacher, what shall we do?
Thursday, December 17th – Luke 1, 39-45 – My soul magnifies the Lord …