“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 2

This form of lectio divina works in a group of between 4-8 people, but can equally work well with a larger group, say up to 20.
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) members often prefer to pray silently rather than share, and this is fine.

Everyone will have a copy of the text, bringing his or her own Bible or the leader will have photocopied the passage. The leader reads the Scripture right through aloud once, and then verse-by-verse, or phrase-by-phrase. Each time followed by silence. In the silence people are invited to share their responses.

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, invoke the Holy Spirit with a prayer to open everyone’s heart to God’s Word.

An unhurried reading, to allow people to listen for the word or phrase that engages, beckons, stirs or unnerves, touches the heart. Gently repeat and ponder the word or phrase silently to yourself in the silence (10 minutes) that follows.

People may wish to read and refer to the text; may wish to look up cross-references. Allow the Spirit to lead.

With a significant pause (2 mins) between each verse or phrase. This gives an opportunity to listen and respond to the “echo” in one's heart. It is an invitation to move into deeper engagement, to be open. Sometimes people stay with the initial word or phrase that has struck them, and repeat it to themselves like a “mantra” throughout.

People are invited to offer briefly their response in the pauses; which may take the form of a reflection, a prayer, thinking or feeling, e.g. “It hurts me to hear this” or “I don’t understand this”.

In the silence that follows (5 minutes) each person is invited to move into prayer and to rest in God. Stay with where and how God is connecting to him or her, allow their response to be in whatever way is most natural and spontaneous.

The leader reads through the whole passage once more.

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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