6:00am – Vigils
7:30 am – Lauds
11:00am – Eucharist (Mass)
5:30 pm – Silent Meditation/Adoration
6:00pm – Vespers
(9:00pm -Compline, prayed privately)
Lectio Divina, sometimes called spiritual reading, is a principal practice of Benedictine spirituality, if not a spirituality in itself.
Lectio begins as a method of approaching scripture in order to Listen to the Word of God, seeking to encounter Christ. It begins as a method, but grows into contemplation and a full spirituality in and of itself, leading to a more constant awareness of God’s presence in every moment.
Lectio: The actual reading and re-reading of the text, usually biblical, until certain words or phrases call forth our attention.
Meditatio: The rumination on key words, phrases or images, allowing them to evoke something within the reader.
Oratio: These words, phrases or key words eventually evoke or inspire prayer. We hear the word and respond in loving dialogue.
Contemplatio: Dialogue gives way to silent awareness of God’s presence. We simply abide with God as long as attracted by God’s grace.
Lectio is greatly enhanced when given sufficient time, and with greater biblical knowledge through study and familiarity with the Bible. In this way the continual awareness of God’s presence will develop.
Lectio has the potential to become prayer itself, in which true transformation of consciousness takes place. Unexpected manifestations of God can occur, silently calling from the midst of things to “be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
Lectio challenges us to re-appropriate our own heritage of the Word of Scripture as a source of “real presence” and “real food” with which to be truly nourished.
Lectio Divina Resources
First of all, a good Bible, one that has some footnotes and commentary can be especially helpful. Be sure the type is large enough for you to read comfortably.
There are numerous books on Lectio Divina – the following are especially recommended:
-Holy Reading by Innocenzo Gargano, OSB Cam., translated by Walter Vitale, translation © 2007 Canterbury Press.
-Too Deep for Words: Rediscovering Lectio Divina by Thelma Hall (Paperback – May 1988).
-Lectio Divina: Renewing the Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures by M. Basil Pennington.
-Sacred Readings: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina by Michael Casey (Paperback – April 1996). ·Lectio Divina brochure
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The monks and visitors share thirty minutes of daily, silent meditation prior to Vespers.
Sit in your cell as in paradise. Put the whole world behind you and forget it. Watch your thoughts like a good fisherman watching for fish. The path you must follow is in the Psalms—never leave it.
If you have just come to the monastery, and in spite of your good will you cannot accomplish what you want, take every opportunity you can to sing the Psalms in your heart and to understand them with your mind.
And if your mind wanders as you read, do not give up; hurry back and apply your mind to the words once more.
Realize above all that you are in God’s presence, and stand there with the attitude of one who stands before the emperor.
Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with the grace of God, like the chick who tastes nothing and eats nothing but what his mother brings him.
We receive many requests for the weekly readings from the monks’ daily office, The Liturgy of the Hours, and for our weekly schedule of psalms and canticles. We are pleased to share them here:
This week’s readings for the Liturgy of the Hours:
Click here to open the schedule for this week’s readings for the Liturgy of the Hours. (PDF format)
The weekly schedule for the psalms and canticles for the Liturgy of the Hours:
Click here to open the weekly schedule for the psalms and canticles for the Liturgy of the Hours. (PDF format)