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Lectio Divina

One Sunday evening each month, from September to June, Archbishop Collins holds a Lectio Divina at St. Michael's Cathedral.

Vespers (Evening Prayer) start at 7 p.m., followed by Lectio Divina from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. A tradition he started since becoming the Archbishop of Toronto in 2007, he leads attendees to a contemplative reading and understanding of the Holy Scriptures.

Archbishop Collins explains that, "Lectio Divina (divine, or sacred, reading) is the name given to a spiritual tradition among Christians over the last two thousand years, in which they attentively and prayerfully read the word of God.

"Although there is an element of study in Lectio Divina, it is not the same as Bible study, or exegesis, where one seeks to interpret the sacred text through analysis, and with the help of the work of scripture scholars. In Lectio Divina, we seek not to master or grasp the sacred text, but rather through it, prayerfully and silently, to come into the presence of God. We seek to be humbly attentive to God's Holy Word, to savour it, and to let it enter into our heart as much as our heads, so that it may transform us.

"Lectio Divina is not intended to increase our intellectual knowledge of the Bible (though it also has that effect); instead, it is intended to draw us closer to God, and to transform our attitudes and behaviour."

For a complete listing of this year's Lectio Divina schedule and topics, and an archive of recordings please visit: www.archtoronto.org/lectio