Lectio Divina or divine reading represents an ancient Christian practice of praying with Scripture. It became a regular practice in monasteries by the time of St. Benedict in the 6th century.
During Lectio Divina, the practitioner listens to a text from the Scriptures with the “ear of the heart”. The method of Lectio Divina includes moments of reading, reflecting on, responding to and resting in the Word of God. The interaction among the moments is dynamic and the movement through the moments follows the spontaneous prompting of the Holy Spirit.
Lectio Divina cultivates contemplative prayer; it is a participatory, active practice that uses thoughts, feelings and images to enter into a conversation with God.
The group practice of Lectio Divina is led by Joop Brouwer and is held regularly throughout the year. Everybody is welcome to join, either as a one off or on a more regular basis. No previous experience or knowledge of the Scriptures is necessary. Once learned, Lectio Divina can also be practiced individually at any time or place.
During the present pandemic, we meet via Zoom for Lectio Divina on a monthly basis. To join, please email n.stewart@lancaster.
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