A Lenten Gift: Prayer of Saint Francis in Lectio Divina

Staff_Delony, LenWhether or not you were able to join us for this week’s Ash Wednesday services, here is a gift from our Prayer and Spiritual Formation Ministry to help you center and focus on the power of this timeless prayer.

As you may be aware, each Wednesday morning, a group gathers starting at 8:30 am in Room 147 for Centering Prayer (8:30 – 9:00 am), Lectio Divina (9:00 – 9:30 am), and Intercessory Prayer (9:30 – 10:00 am). If you are not familiar with these ancient styles of contemplative Christian prayer, they bring a special dimension of quiet to both inner and outer worlds.

And now, as a gift to help you begin your Lenten journey, we bring this process to you

Especially for this time of reflection, we invite your to add this important pause to your day or week — and offer the gift of Dr. Len Delony reading the Prayer of Saint Francis and introducing and guiding you through  the process of Lectio Divina.

In this traditional Christian tradition, Lectio Divina (which is Latin for “Divine Reading”) is a four-step practice of reading, meditation, prayer, and contemplation intended to promote a quiet connection with God and an increased understanding of where God is directing your attention with regard to a specific scripture or reading.

Feel free to read along with the text of the prayer below or just close your eyes, listen and let the words and the pauses open you to peace.

Click here to begin today’s Lectio Divinaguided by Dr. Len Delony, FUMCFW Associate Pastor and Director of our Prayer and Spiritual Formation Ministries. 

Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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