What is Lectio Divina?
The Church of St. Peter
Lectio Divina (pronounced “lek-see-oh dee-vee-nah”) is an ancient spiritual practice from the Christian monastic tradition. In Early Christianity, men and women retreated to remote places to escape the stresses of daily life and developed Lectio Divina, or ‘Sacred Reading’, as a way of meditating. In Lectio, we seek God's presence through reading, listening, prayer, and meditation. Lectio can be done as an individual or as a group. Traditionally it involves a slow reading of a chosen text from the Bible and allowing the words to speak in new ways.