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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Meditation on the Stations of the Cross
1. Jesus is condemned to death. Do I ever criticise others, blame others? Do I recognise my own fault before I look for the faults of others?
2. Jesus takes up the Cross. Do I accept crosses or burdens in my life without complaint? Do I ever load burdens onto others?
3. Jesus falls the first time. When I fall or make mistakes do I get up again or am I inclined to give up?
4. Jesus meets his mother. Do I recognise the hurt even unintentional that my life can cause to others especially those I love the most?
5. Simon helps Jesus carry the Cross. Am I always grateful to those who offer me help or who share a burden with me?
6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus. Do I always recognise Christ’s image in others and can others see the image of Christ in me?
7. Jesus falls the second time. If at first I don’t succeed do I keep trying – do I persevere?
8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem. Even when I’m weighed down by the difficulties of my own life am I always ready and willing to help others and to put their needs before my own?
9. Jesus falls the third time. Am I ever the cause of others falling or do I comment on the faults or failures of others?
10. Jesus is stripped of his garments. Am I willing to deprive myself of attachment to material things to give more time to God?
11. Jesus is nailed to the Cross. Can I bear pain without always seeking instant relief? Am I ever guilty of causing pain to others?
12. Jesus dies on the Cross. Am I willing to die to my own sinfulness and selfishness? Do I always want my own way?
13. Jesus is taken down from the Cross. Have I a devotion to Mary in my life? As Jesus gave us His Mother from the Cross do I accept Mary as my Heavenly Mother who intercedes for me?
14. Jesus is laid in the tomb. Do I live my life in such a way that I can be confident the grave will not be the end for me but that I will share in Christ’s Resurrection?
 
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