Our Lenten program for 2018 is titled “Lifted Up” and takes us on a 6-week journey of lectio divina, a practice of reading Scripture that is prayerful and transformative.
Additional Lenten Resources
Here are some additional resources you may like:
A Lenten Calendar for families (kind of like an Advent Calendar but for Lent!). Click here.
A coloured booklet which explains the symbols of lent – prayer, fasting, ashes, etc. Click here.
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Frequently asked questions
Why participate in a Lenten group?
A Lenten group is a way of prioritising some reflection time in our life so that we may ponder upon the love of God and how we are living our lives. Just as Jesus prepared for his ministry for forty days in the desert, Lent allows us to prepare for Easter by deepening our spirituality and through self-examination. This can be done individually or with the companionship of a group as we journey together.
Why a group?
While you can prepare for Easter and reflect quite well individually, a group allows us to participate as the body of Christ within our community.It is highly recommended to join a group. Jesus say, “Whenever two or three are gathered in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20). Further, a group provides a richness of insights and companionship.
Experiencing other people’s perspective can often enrich us with new thoughts and ideas. This should not be confronting and we should just allow other’s thoughts to be expressed and be received in a non-judgemental way to rest in the prayerful presence of the group.
The group helps us remain committed to attending each week and to pray together and for each other. The commitment to the group will increase our chances of prioritising time to this very holy activity.
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What is Lectio Divina?
Lectio Divina is Latin for “divine reading,” “spiritual reading,” or “holy reading” and represents a method of prayer and scriptural reading to promote communion with God and provide special spiritual insights. The principles of lectio divina were expressed around the year 220 and later practiced by Catholic monks, especially the monastic rules of Sts. Pachomius, Augustine, Basil, and Benedict.
The practice of lectio divina begins with a time of relaxation, making oneself comfortable and clearing the mind of intruding thoughts and cares. Some people find it helpful to concentrate by beginning with deep, cleansing breaths and saying a short prayer. Lectio Divina then generally follow four steps:
Lectio – Reading the Bible passage gently and slowly several times. The passage itself is not as important as the savoring of each portion of the reading, constantly listening for the “still, small voice” of a word or phrase that somehow speaks to the practitioner.
Meditatio – Reflecting on the text of the passage and thinking about how it applies to one’s own life. This is considered to be a very personal reading of the Scripture and very personal application.
Oratio – Responding to the passage by opening the heart to God. This is not primarily an intellectual exercise, but is thought to be more of the beginning of a conversation with God.
Contemplatio – Listening to God. This is a freeing of oneself from one’s own thoughts, both mundane and holy, and hearing God talk to us. Opening the mind, heart, and soul to the influence of God.
Here is a wonderful video by Bishop Emeritus David Walker with more detail.
Do I need to be a learned expert on scripture or religion?
Definitely not. It does not matter what your level of experience or study may have been. This is a contemplative prayerful experience. Preparing for Lent is all about listening to God through the Gospel readings and thinking about how they apply in your life. God meets us wherever we are on the journey.
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