Lectio Divina

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Lectio Divina (‘Divine Reading’ or Praying with Scripture) is held in the Pastoral Centre on Wednesdays at 7.15pm. All are welcome.

The evening starts with a prayer, after which the Gospel reading for the following Sunday is read aloud. A period of silence follows. Members of the group might then repeat a word or phrase that strikes them.

The Scripture passage is read aloud again, after which some time is given to reflecting on the text. ...What does the text say to me? Which of the characters am I? What does it remind me of? Where is this happening today?... Participants are invited to share, if they wish, on the passage. This is done in a spirit of listening and without comment.

After a third reading aloud of the text, members could say how the passage might help them to pray in the coming week. The focus is on finding Good News in the text to inspire our lives. The prayer can take the form of thanksgiving, repentance or petition.

The leader draws the meeting to a close with a final prayer and a reminder of the need to journey further with the Gospel text until we celebrate it together in the Sunday Eucharist.

Loving God,

As we gather in your presence,

Help us to accept your Word with reverence.

Send your Spirit to be with us

So that in our meditation on your Word,

We may see the Bible text, not just as

An abstract message,

Or a story about the past to be remembered with nostalgia,

Or an impossible utopia that can only be dreamed of,

But as Good News being fulfilled even as we are speaking

Within the reality of our daily lives.

In our pains and joys

May we see the glorious story of your grace

guiding us with love.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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Saint John Henry Newman
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On Sunday 13th October, Pope Francis canonised Cardinal John Henry Newman as a Saint. He was born on 21st February 1801, the first of six children. He was ordained an Anglican priest but converted to Catholicism. He was received into the Church by an Italian Passionist Fr Dominic Barberi on 9th October 1845. In addition to the schools associated with him in England, he founded a boarding school for boys in Dublin at the side of the Oratory Church [St. Stephen’s Green], and also University College Dublin. He wrote extensively in his latter years and among his writings are the prayer below and the hymn ‘Lead, Kindly Light’. He died on 11th August 1890.
Lord, may you support us all the day long ’till the shades lengthen,
and evening falls, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then in your mercy, Lord, may you grant us
a safe lodging, a holy rest and peace at last. Amen.
Saint John Henry Newman, pray for us.
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