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Lectio Divina (Latin for "Divine Reading")

(The Lectio Divina readings can be found in each week's Trinity Times, Weekly Edition.)

St. Benedict began the practice of Lectio Divina, reading the Scriptures prayerfully and contemplatively, asking always, "What is God speaking to me through his word?" This Benedictine practice is the core of Anglican Spirituality, and the foundation of the Book of Common Prayer's Lectionary, as well as, Morning and Evening Prayer.

To practice Lectio Divina, begin each day praying the Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent (1928 BCP p.92).

BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

You may then continue with the collect of the day and the seasonal collect when there is one.

Then continue with each passage listed for the day. Read slowly, carefully, attentively.

The lessons may be read from any Bible. This link to the English Standard Version of the Bible is provided for your convenience: http://www.esv.org/. Other on-line Bibles may be selected from http://Biblia.com/books/. Especially noteworthy is the Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition. Psalms may be read from the Bible or from the Psalter in the Book of Common Prayer, http://holytrinityanglican.org/documents/bcp1928std.pdf beginning on page 345 (352 using this PDF version).

LINK: You will find the Lection Divina readings in each week's Trinity Times Weekly Edition.