Lectio Divina ("Sacred Reading" in Latin) is reading with the heart of a few lines from Scripture. The scholastic method of Lectio Divinia has four moments and can be practiced alone or in a group :
The Scripture passage is read slowly 2 -3 times during each moment. If at any time we would like to have the Scripture passage read again during these four moments, we say so.
Lectio - Reading the Word of God Listen carefully as the Psalm is read each time. Immerse yourself in the Word of God.
Meditatio- Reflecting on the Word of God As the Psalm is read each time, notice what one Word or short phrase stirs your soul. Savor it. Absorb the Word or phrase that the Spirit speaks to you. Listen fully and allow the Word or phrase to take root in your heart. Offer up the Word or phrase aloud or silently.
Oratio - Speaking to God As the Psalm is read each time, respond to the Word given to you by the Spirit. You may offer aloud or silently what you feel about the Word or phrase placed in your heart.
Contemplatio - Resting in God As the Scripture Passage is read this time, the Word given to you by the Spirit becomes your Sacred Word pduring this time of Centering Prayer. The prayer period ends with final reading of the Psalm.