Lectio Divina: A Lector's Approach
"Google" the term, Lectio Divina, and you'll find numerous
explanations on this method of reading and praying with
One of the easiest-to-use methods among all of these is
explained by Fr. Daniel Harrington and Fr. James Martin
The method includes four basic steps, or questions to ask ourselves when reading
a piece of scripture:
- What does this text say? Meditation
- What does this text say to me? Prayer
- What do I want to say to God through this text?
- What difference might this text make in my life? Contemplation or Action
This method is also nicely explained by Fr. Martin on our Videos Page listed under Lectio Divina.
Though its roots go back to twelfth century monastic rule, its use as a personal tool for lectors to better prepare themselves for their readings is invaluable.
When we can identify ourselves with the text and sense what God is saying to us in it, our listeners will take notice that we are reading from the heart on firm footing, and be encouraged to listen more attentively.
It is also important, however, to keep the tone of our reading free from personal attachment so we can connect with a broad range of emotions and circumstances among our listeners.
Aelred Rosser in his popular work, A Word That Will Rouse Them, notes, "The tendency we sometimes hear in readers to make the text individualistic or to shade it with their own personal application betrays an insufficient degree of objectivity and of sensitivity to the assembly's diverse needs."
Where some arrive at Mass depressed or down on their luck, others will be content. Where some are in pain, others will be in joy; and we need to give everyone room to absorb our reading as their circumstances see fit.
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