For the last two weeks we have been discussing two different forms of contemplative prayer; meditation/centering prayer, and the Prayer of Jesus. This week I want to introduce you to a Benedictine practice, Lectio Divina, or Divine Reading. In Lectio Divina, one reads a passage of scripture several times over. After reading it a few times, the reader concentrates on a word or a phrase from that reading that stands out. The reader then concentrates on that word or phrase, thinking about it, wondering how it is important.
After this, the reader enters into contemplation, using the word or phrase as a mantra, and seeing what Jesus will say to them. Once the reader feels that he/she has communed with God about what this word or phrase means, she or he enters into prayer of thanksgiving. This form of prayer is a wonderful way to add the practice of reading scripture to one’s prayer time. If one is reading scripture already, pick your passage for Divine Reading from the readings of the day.
This Week at St. Thomas’
Saturday: 8:00 Work Day. We are working outside, moving bricks and gravel, and helping with the gardens.
Sunday: 9:30 worship, and Town Hall meeting afterward
Monday: 7:00 Property Committee meeting in the Counting room
I will be on retreat this week.
We are selling Christmas trees this year – these are sold as preorders only. If you would like to order your tree, call Jill in the office, 410-821-5489, or order it from Steve Penner on Sunday. All orders must be in by October 31.
Set our hearts on fire with love for you, O Christ our God, that in its flame we may love you with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our soul and with all our strength and our neighbors as ourselves, so that, keeping your commandments, we may glorify you, the giver of all good gifts.
– Eastern Orthodox Church –