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Lectio Divina is a form of meditation rooted in liturgical celebration that dates back to early monastic communities. It involves focused reading of Scripture (lectio), meditation on the Word of God (meditatio), contemplation of the Word and its meaning in one's life (contemplatio) and ends with prayer (oratio). For this Lent, we will have a Lectio Divina resource for the readings for Ash Wednesday and the Sundays of Lent that focus on themes of the Jubilee of Mercy and can be used by individuals or in group settings.
The Seven Penitential Psalms and the Songs of the Suffering Servant from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah are traditionally used for meditation and prayer during Lent. At the page link above, you will find links to the text of the psalms and songs from the New American Bible, Revised Edition, along with audio versions and written reflections to encourage the practice of Lectio Divina or “divine reading,” a way of praying with Scripture that calls one to listen to, study, contemplate and thoughtfully assimilate God's Word.
The Stations of the Cross are traditionally prayed on the Fridays of Lent. Follow the link above for more information on this popular devotional practice, including prayers for the Stations of the Cross prayed by Blessed John Paul II on Good Friday 1991 and an audio version for download.
The Scriptural Way of the Cross was first introduced by Pope John Paul II. This unique version can be used during this season of fasting, prayer and alms-giving. It features reflections on global and national issues that we can all be praying for and images from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development's Multimedia Youth Contest. Please use this for your own personal reflection, or with your parish, your school, your CCD class and friends.
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