Free to Worship: A Lectio Divina

August 13th, 2012 2:28 pm

Lectio Divina is a practice that allows us to deeply listen to God’s word. It is a time to let our souls ponder, contemplate, study, pray, sing, rejoice, be silent, and communicate with God. There are various ways to practice Lectio Divina and this is just one variation of the method.

This group meditation should be held in a quiet space, without distractions. The opening prayer should be read by two voices. The reading should be read by either five separate people or with alternating voices if the group is smaller. Begin the meditation with an opening prayer, and follow each reading of the Bible passage with a Taize chant repeated as many times as desired. You can begin by first explaining the process or explain the different instructions before the passage is read each time.

Opening Prayer

Voice 1: How good and how lovely it is,
Voice 2: To live together in unity.
Voice 1: If the Lord’s disciples keep silent,
Voice 2: These stones would shout aloud.
Voice 1: Surely it is God, Who saves me,
Voice 2: I will trust in God and not be afraid.
Voice 1: For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defence,
Voice 2: And God will be my Saviour.
Voice 1: Make God’s deeds known among the peoples;
Voice 2: See that they remember that God’s Name is exalted.
Voice 1: Sing praises of the Lord, for God has done great things and is known in all the world.
Voice 2: Cry aloud, ring out your joy, for the Great One in the midst of you is the Holy One.

Lectio Divina

Reading – Mathew 18:18-20

18I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be  loosed in heaven. 19“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.

Song: Ubi Caritas (Taize chant).
Where there is charity and love, there God is.”

*One variation of this meditation is to experiment with different versions of the song or translations of the biblical passage. Sharing slightly different versions of these verses may bring up additional ideas and reflections.

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