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Carmelite Prayer

"Lectio Divina" Bible meditation





Lectio Divina is the Latin for 'Holy Reading' and was a form and approach to praying with Scripture that was common among medieval religious orders. The value of Lectio Divina was rediscovered by the Carmelite Family (and indeed the wider Church) in the twentieth century.

Essentially Lectio Divina involves taking a short passage of Scripture and pondering it. This can be done alone or in a group, and normally involves prolonged periods of silence.

Carmelites have been among the leading proponents for a revival of Lectio Divina. Friars such as Carlos Mesters in Brazil and Bruno Secondin in Italy have helped the Order to reconnect with God's Word through the regular practice of Lectio Divina.


Further resources
  • To read about Lectio Divina within the context of the Carmelite commitment to pondering God's Word in Scripture, click here.
  • To read an introduction to Lectio Divina by Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm., click here.
  • To read an introduction to Lectio Divina by Romero de Lima Gouvêa, O.Carm., click here.
  • To read an introduction to Lectio Divina by Carlos Mesters, O.Carm., click here.