“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word,
@@and my Father will love him,
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Material from LOUD & CLEAR?
Lectio Divina: too good to be a monastic monopoly!
developed by Della Shenton

Lectio Divina in a group: approach 1

This form of lectio divina works best in a group of between 4-8 people.
A group leader co-ordinates the process and facilitates sharing.

Golden Rules:
(i) members of the group always speak in the first person singular;
(ii) others listen; discussion or comment is out;
(iii) anyone may “pass” at any time, and prefer to pray silently rather than share.

Three readings of the same text from the Scriptures are read aloud by different people, each time followed by a period of silence and an opportunity for each member of the group to share the fruit of his or her lectio.

The group settles comfortably and prepares for prayer in whatever way works best – focus on breathing/a candle/prayer setting/listening to music/singing.

The leader, or the group together, invokes the Holy Spirit to open everyone’s heart to God’s Word.

FIRST READING (actually twice)
An unhurried reading, the second time more slowly, to allow people to listen for the word or phrase that beckons, stirs or unnerves, touches the heart. Gently repeat and ponder the word or phrase silently to yourself in the silence (1-2 minutes) that follows.

Each person in turn speaks the word/phrase that has touched him or her.

In the silence that follows (2-3 mins) each person ponders the word/phrase, attending to the feelings or images that arise, noting how they are seeing or hearing Christ reach out to them through the text.

Each person in turn briefly states what he or she has “heard” or “seen”.

In the silence that follows (2-3 minutes) each person reflects on where and how God is connecting to him or her; what God is calling them to be or to do. It may be through memories, or events of their lives that God is now present. Allow your response to be in whatever way is most natural and spontaneous.

Each person in turn shares the results of his or her reflection.

After the sharing, each prays for the person on their right.

Allow the Spirit to draw the group into silence, for each to “rest” with God for a further 2-3 minutes.

Whatever suits the group – the Our Father, the Glory Be, Intercessory prayers, finishing with the Grace or a Blessing, are the most usual.

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