Lectio Divina

Latin for "Divine Reading," Lectio Divina is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God's Word. It does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied, but as the Living Word.

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.

The focus of Lectio Divina is not a theological analysis of biblical passages, but viewing them with Christ as the key to their meaning. For example, given Jesus' statement in John 14:27: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you", an analytical approach would focus on the reason for the statement during the Last Supper, the biblical context, etc. In Lectio Divina, however, the practitioner "enters" and shares the peace of Christ rather than "dissecting" it. In some Christian teachings, this form of meditative prayer leads to an increased knowledge of Christ. [More at Wikipedia.org....]

At Our Lady of Tahoe, we try to practice Lectio Divina in the manner practiced by the Order of Carmelites. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, in the parish hall. We take turns leading the prayer group. There are three readings, each followed by five minutes of contemplation. After the first reading, we each share our thoughts about a word or phrase. Then we each share our thoughts about a sentence, and then the entire passage. It is amazing what we learn through this process. It is explained in the following 3-page document that we hand out to all our participants:

We're a small group. It's not unusual for there to be four or five people at a meeting. We would love to have more people participate. When we get together, it's very comfortable and there is no wrong way to do this. We also have snacks! 

An Introduction to Lectio Divina

Lay Carmelite Convocation
• 4 August
2000Presentation by Tom
Zeitvogel, T.O. Carm.

Definition: Lectio Divina— “The Divine Reading” or “Divine Listening”
by hearing the word spoken — is a discipline that intuitively and
affectively dwells on a Biblical text as a means of seeking communion
with Christ, so as to grow in faith, hope and charity. It is based on
“Bible teaching.” For example, in John 15:26, we read: The Paraclete,
the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name will instruct you
in everything, and remind you of all that I told you.

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Lectio Divina 9 August 2017

Join us on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for reading, meditation, prayer and snacks!

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Join us on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for reading, meditation, prayer and snacks!

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Lectio Divina 14 June 2017

Join us on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for reading, meditation, prayer and snacks!

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Lectio Divina 10 May 2017

Join us on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for reading, meditation, prayer and snacks! Our reading is John 14:1-7.

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Lectio Divina 12 April 2017

Join us Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for reading, meditation, prayer and snacks! Our reading is the Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43.

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Lectio Divina 8 March 2017

Join us Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for reading, meditation, prayer and snacks! Our reading is Matthew 17:1-9.

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Lectio Divina 8 February 2017

Join us Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for prayer, meditation and snacks! Our reading is Matthew 5:17-20.

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Lectio Divina 11 January 2017

This month’s Lectio Divina has been cancelled because of severe weather. Join us on February 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for prayer, meditation and snacks!

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Lectio Divina 14 December 2016

Join us Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for prayer, meditation and snacks! Our reading is Matthew 1:18-24.

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Lectio Divina 9 November 2016

Join us Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for prayer, meditation and snacks! Our reading is Luke 21:11-15.

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Lectio Divina 12 October 2016

Join us Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for prayer, meditation and snacks! Our reading is Luke 18:1-8.

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Lectio Divina 14 September 2016

Join us Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for prayer, meditation and snacks! Our reading is 1 Timothy 1:12-17.

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Lectio Divina 10 August 2016

Join us Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for prayer, meditation and snacks! Our reading is Hebrews 12:1-4.

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Lectio Divina 13 July 2016

Join us Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for prayer, meditation and snacks! Our Gospel reading is Luke 10:38-42.

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Lectio Divina 8 June 2016

Luke 7:36-50 A Pharisee invited him to dine with him, and he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet…

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Lectio Divina 11 May 2016

I Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 And no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the holy Spirit. There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each…

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Lectio Divina 13 April 2016

Acts of the Apostles 5:27-32, 40b-41 (48C) When the captain and the court officers had brought the apostles in and made them stand before the Sanhedrin, the high priest questioned them, “We gave you strict orders, did we not, to stop teaching in that name. Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want…

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Lectio Divina 9 March 2016

John 8:1-11 Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand…

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Lectio Divina 10 February 2016

Romans 10:8-13 Brothers and sisters: What does Scripture say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart —that is, the word of faith that we preach—, for, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will…

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Lectio Divina 13 January 2016

John 2:1-11 There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me?…

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By Paul Munsey | August 2, 2017

Join us on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for reading, meditation, prayer and snacks!

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By Paul Munsey | July 5, 2017

Join us on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for reading, meditation, prayer and snacks!

Lectio Divina 14 June 2017

By Paul Munsey | June 7, 2017

Join us on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for reading, meditation, prayer and snacks!

Lectio Divina 10 May 2017

By Paul Munsey | May 3, 2017

Join us on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for reading, meditation, prayer and snacks! Our reading is John 14:1-7.

Lectio Divina 12 April 2017

By Paul Munsey | April 5, 2017

Join us Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for reading, meditation, prayer and snacks! Our reading is the Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43.

Lectio Divina 8 March 2017

By Paul Munsey | March 1, 2017

Join us Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the Father John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) for reading, meditation, prayer and snacks! Our reading is Matthew 17:1-9.