‘Holy Reading’ Using a Work of Art *
Lectio Divina, an ancient monastic practice, is a meditative way of reading Scripture. Visio Divina is another way of holy ‘reading’, opening up God’s message through art.
Practicing ‘Visio Divina’
Lectio: Read the picture slowly and quietly. Give it time to open up in you.
Meditatio: Reflect upon what the picture is saying to you – and what you want to talk to God about – because of what the picture suggests or represents.
Oratio: Respond by writing down what has entered your spirit. Now circle a word or phrase from what you have written.
Contemplatio: Rest with your word or phrase, allowing the Holy Spirit’s wisdom to speak to your spirit.
* Adapted from Rita King, “Praying with Icons and Images: Visio Divina”