Monasteries of the Heart

Group Lectio with Scripture

Lectio divina is the holy reading and listening to Scripture that is a daily practice for all Benedictines and central to our prayer life. Use the steps at below to do group lectio with Psalm 1.

Psalm 1
Blessed are the man and woman
Who have grown beyond their greed
And have put an end to hatred
And no longer nourish illusions.
 
But they delight in the way things are
And keep their hearts open, day and night.
 
They are like trees planted near flowing rivers,
Which bear fruit when they are ready.
 
Their leaves will not fall or wither.
Everything they do will succeed.

—translation by Stephen Mitchell,
from A Book of Psalms, Harper Collins, 1993

Step One
Read a Psalm or passage from Scripture out loud, with a different reader for each stanza. Read it slowly and reflectively, pausing briefly between each stanza. Sit with the reading in silence for a brief period of time before moving on.

Step Two
Read the same Psalm or passage out loud again, with a different reader for each stanza. Read it slowly and reflectively, pausing briefly between each stanza. One by one, share the word or phrase from the reading that meant the most to you, that moved you or touched your soul.

Step Three
Read the same Psalm or passage again out loud, with a different reader for each stanza. Read it slowly and reflectively, pausing briefly between each stanza. One by one, explain why the word or phrase that you selected as the one meant the most to you, or moved you or touched your soul.

Step Four
Read the same Psalm or passage out loud one more time, with a different reader for each stanza. Read it slowly and reflectively, pausing briefly between each stanza. One by one, explain what you believe is God’s message for you today as you reflect on the word or phrase that meant the most to you, or moved you or touched your soul.