Date: Saturday 2 February 2019
Location: Exeter Cathedral
My workshop was on the ancient monastic practice of Lectio Divina. It was part of a Prayer & Spirituality Day – “Come and See” – to enable people could explore different spiritual practices and ways to pray.
I aimed the session at people who would like to use the Bible as a way into prayer. People who might have spent a lot of time in study and wanted to deepen their encounter with scripture, or perhaps struggled a bit with the Bible’s content and wanted a different way in, or might have tried Ignatian meditation in the past and struggled with imagining Bible scenes. The session also aimed to be useful for people who would like to learn a new way of praying and sharing in groups.
I produced some resources to help people learn about and practise Lectio Divina in their own prayer life and shared in groups. I adapted material from Martin L Smith “The Word is Very Near You” and usage at Mucknell Abbey, and included a few scripture readings to get started. Leaflets for sharing and printing:
- Lectio Divina in your prayer life (pdf)
- Shared Lectio Divina (pdf)
- Some Bible readings to get you started (pdf)
Other practices and ways of praying explored during the day:
- Pilgrim Paths – Labyrinth
- Silence – contemplative prayer
- Find God’s face in paint
- Knowing God in each hour
- The Jesus Prayer – prayer of the heart
- Meditate with Taizé
- Review your day with God