Here is another great web resource I compiled into a small booklet (click here to download.) This is valuable for personal prayer and for praying with your family!
Lectio Divina – Pray the Scriptures!
Here’s a great way to reflect and pray over the scriptures, especially the upcoming Sunday gospel!Lectio (reading) Divina (Divine) -Follow these 4 steps to really enter into prayer. Let the Word of God speak to you! Make sure to spend a few minutes on each step. Give the Lord time and space to speak to you. Don’t rush through it! (Steps provided by Life Teen)
- Lectio (Reading/Listening) – Have one of the youth read the passage you chose out loud. Give your group a few moments of silence to let the Scripture sink in.
- Meditatio (Meditation) – Have a different member of the group read the same passage again. This time tell each youth to pick out a word or phrase that stands out to him/her. After a few moments of silence, ask each member of the group to share the word or phrase that stuck out and why.
- Oratio (Prayer) – Have another member of the group read the passage again. After a few moments of silence,ask each member of the group to share any questions he/she may have for God in regard to this word or phrase and if the word or phrase brought up any prayer intentions.
- Contemplatio (Contemplation) – For the final time, have a different middle school youth read the Scripture passage. Tell them that this is simply a time to be with God in an extended period of silence and offer up to God anything that this reading stirred up.