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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.

  1. Lectio - Reading the Word of God Listen carefully as the Psalm is read each time. Immerse yourself in the Word of God.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Please contact Tim Goldman if you have any questions or would like more information about Lectio Divinia. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 745-9842.

The COCI service team is requesting that event attendees please refrain from wearing perfume, aftershave, or bringing scented candles to our programs as we have some folks who are allergic and cannot enjoy the event.  Thank you so much for your cooperation.

Virtual Centering Prayer Opportunities


Below are days and times groups are meeting, as well as contact information. Please get in touch for the Zoom link to their scheduled Centering Prayer sessions

Sundays at 6 pm: Contact Mary Jo Wulf at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mondays at 6 pm: Contact Kathy Reardon at 515-280-3861

Tuesdays at 10:30 am: Contact Julie Honsey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesdays at 5 pm: Contact Megan Hartwig at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesdays at noon: Contact Kevin O'Donnell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or request a link at https://www.theemmaushouse.org/centering-prayer

Thursdays at 5:30 pm: Contact Jan Stegeman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fridays at 10:45 am: Contact Steve Melby at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

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