The Four Moments of Lectio Divina
Lectio Divina has been likened to “Feasting on the Word.” The four parts are first taking a bite (Lectio), then chewing on it (Meditatio). Next is the opportunity to savour the essence of it (Oratio). Finally, the Word is digested and made a part of the body (Contemplatio).
Taking a bite (Lectio)
Read the scriptural passage slowly, attentively several times. Note words in the scripture that stick out or grasp your attention.
Chewing on it (Meditatio)
Take the words or passage that strikes you and ruminate on it, thinking in God’s presence about the text.
Savour it (Oratio)
Bring any thoughts, ideas, that arise to prayer to the One who is speaking to you through the text.
Digest it (Contemplatio)
Just rest in the presence of God’s loving kindness.
Lectio Divina in a Group
(A) Listening for the Gentle Touch of Christ the Word. One person reads aloud (twice) the passage of scripture, as others are attentive to some segment that is especially meaningful to them.
Silence for 1-2 minutes. Each hears and silently repeats a word or phrase that attracts.
Sharing: A word or phrase that has attracted each person. A simple statement of one or a few words. Note: Anyone may “pass” at any time
(B) How Christ the Word speaks to ME. Second reading of same passage by another person.
Silence for 2-3 minutes. Reflect on “Where does the content of this reading seem to touch my life today?”
Sharing aloud: Briefly: “I hear, I see...”
(C) What Christ the Word Invites me to DO. Third reading by still another person.
Silence for 2-3 minutes. Reflect on “I believe that God wants me to . . . . . . today/this week.”
Sharing aloud: at somewhat greater length the results of each one's reflection. [Be especially aware of what is shared by the person to your right.] After sharing, pray for the person to your right. Rest for a few moments in silence in God’s loving kindness.