Lectio divina is a form of meditation rooted in liturgical celebration that dates back to early monastic communities. It was a method practiced by monks in their daily encounter with Scripture, both as they prepared for the Eucharist and as they prayed the Liturgy of the Hours.
The Latin phrase "lectio divina" may be translated as "divine reading." As one reads and invites the Word to bring the activities of daily living into focus, one can come to live more deeply and find the presence of God more readily in the events of each day. The method of lectio divina follows four steps:
- lectio (reading)
- meditatio (meditation)
- contemplatio (contemplation)
- and oratio (prayer).
Use these Lectio Divina guides to meditate, contemplate, and pray on your spiritual preparation for Advent and Christmas. (Courtesy USCCB).