Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is a way of reading the Scriptures that is both a communal and personal form of prayer! It is a beautiful way to pray with your family as it encourages faith-sharing!

How to Pray Lectio Divina:

  1. Select a Scripture passage (you can reference the list of passages below for ideas!)
  2. Settle in to a place of prayer. You can create a sacred space in your home, sit together in the living room, sit outside, or anywhere where you can be at rest and have some quiet!
  3. Begin by reading through the passage once aloud.
  4. After reading aloud the first time, sit with the passage in silence for 2-3 minutes. Try to understand what is happening in the story or passage as a whole.
  5. Read it aloud a second time.
  6. In this reading, try to reflect on what stands out to you. Maybe a word, a verse, an image, a name, an action, stands out to you. Sit with that and reflect on what that means for you and why it stands out.
  7. Read the passage a third time.
  8. After this third reading, it is time to respond. If you are by yourself, you can journal or simply contemplate the fruits of your prayer time. If you are in a group, you can take turns and share aloud what moved you. This is a beautiful way to see how the Lord is working in our lives!
  9. The final step is to rest. Allow the Scripture to stay in your heart and continue to nourish your soul.
  10. End with a Glory Be to thank God for the ways that He speaks to us.

Suggested Passages:

Old Testament

  • Genesis 2:4-8 Creation of First Man
  • Genesis 3:1-12 The Fall of Man
  • Exodus 16:4-12 The Lord Provides Food in the Desert
  • Psalm 23 The Lord is my Shepherd
  • 1 Samuel 3: 1-21 The Lord Calls Samuel
  • 1 Kings 19:11-15 The Lord’s Voice is a Whisper
  • Isaiah 43:1-7 The Lord’s Particular Care for Us
  • Isaiah 55:1-13 The Lord Satisfies our Hunger
  • Jeremiah 31:1-9 The Lord Restores
  • Ezekiel 36:24-32 The Lord Gives Us a New Heart
  • Zephaniah 3:14-20 Rejoice, the Lord is In Our Midst

New Testament – Gospels

  • Matthew 3:13-17 The Baptism of Jesus
  • Matthew 4:18-22 The Calling of the First Disciples
  • Matthew 5:1-12 The Beatitudes
  • Matthew 5:13-16 You are the Light of the World
  • Matthew 8:5-13 Jesus Heals the Centurion’s Servant
  • Matthew 10:5-15 The Mission of the Disciples
  • Matthew 14:13-21 Jesus Feeds the 5,000
  • Matthew 18:10-14 The Parable of the Lost Sheep
  • Matthew 26:6-13 The Anointing at Bethany
  • Matthew 28:1-20 The Resurrection of Jesus and Commissioning of the Disciples
  • Mark 2:1-12 Jesus Heals a Paralytic
  • Mark 4:35-41 Jesus Calms the Storm
  • Mark 5:25-34 Jesus Heals the Hemhorraging Woman
  • Mark 5:21-24, 35-43 Jesus Raises the Little Girl to Life
  • Mark 6:45-52 Jesus Walks on Water
  • Luke 1:26-38 The Annunciation
  • Luke 9:28-36 The Transfiguration
  • Luke 10:25-37 The Parable of the Good Samaritan
  • Luke 10:38-42 The Story of Martha and Mary
  • Luke 12:22-34 Do Not Worry
  • Luke 15:11-28 The Prodigal Son
  • Luke 22:14-23 The Institution of the Eucharist
  • Luke 24:13-35 The Walk to Emmaus
  • Luke 24:36-42 Peace Be With You
  • John 1:43-51 Jesus Calls Nathanael
  • John 2:1-11 The Wedding at Cana
  • John 4:1-42 The Woman at the Well
  • John 6:22-59 The Bread of Life
  • John 7:37-39 Living Water
  • John 8:1-11 Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery
  • John 10:1-18 The Good Shepherd
  • John 11:38-44 Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead
  • John 13:1-11 Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet
  • John 14:1-7 Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life
  • John 14:15-27 The Promise of the Spirit
  • John 15:1-11 Jesus is the Vine
  • John 19:17-30 The Crucifixion of Jesus
  • John 20:11-18 Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
  • John 20:24-29 Thomas and Jesus
  • John 21:15-19 Jesus Asks Peter If He Loves Him

New Testament – Letters

  • Acts 2:1-13 Pentecost
  • Acts 3:1-10 Peter and John Heal a Beggar
  • Acts 9:1-18 The Conversion of Saul
  • Romans 8:18-30 The Dignity of Suffering
  • Romans 8:31-39 Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God
  • 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 The Gifts of the Spirit
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 On the Gift of Love
  • 1 Corinthians 15:35-58 The Resurrection of the Body
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9-11 Weakness Made Strong in Christ
  • Philippians 2:1-11 Christ Humbled Himself
  • 1 John 3:1-3 Children of God
  • 1 John 4:7-21 God is Love

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