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Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins
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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 pray​erfully 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 a​ttentive 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.

One approach to Lectio Divina is simply to move systematically though a book of the Bible, but it never involves worrying about “covering” a certain quantity of text: what matters more is the quality of our humble attentiveness. We choose a small portion of the sacred text, and reflect prayerfully upon it.

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.


In light of the present COVID-19 pandemic and cancellation of all public events at this time, Cardinal Collins will continue his Lectio Divina series through livestream only.

On Sunday, April 5th, please join us for Lectio Divina at stmichaelscathedral.com/live or on Facebook at facebook.com/stmikescathto starting at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Download the PDF of the program so you can follow along the prayers and the reading

Cardinal Thomas Collins2019-2020

Men & Women of the Old Testament

We learn about God from the stories of how people encounter God, and make him present in their life. During Lectio Divina this year, we will prayerfully meditate on passages about men and women in the Old Testament who illustrate the human condition, with its temptations to sin, and its opportunity for the grace of repentance and salvation.

  • September 8, 2019 - WATCH VIDEO
    Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-19)

  • October 6, 2019 - WATCH VIDEO
    Lot (Genesis 19:1-28)

  • November 3, 2019 - WATCH VIDEO
    The Sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19)

  • December 1, 2019 - WATCH VIDEO
    Joseph and his brothers (Genesis 37:1-28)

  • January 5, 2020 - WATCH VIDEO
    Moses (Exodus 2:11-3:14)

  • February 2, 2020 - WATCH VIDEO
    Naomi and Ruth (Ruth 1:1-22)

  • March 1, 2020
    The Call of Samuel (I Samuel 3:1-21)

  • April 5, 2020 *** LIVESTREAM ONLY
    Vespers at 7:00 p.m. followed by Lectio Divina at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
    Reading: David, Bathsheba, and Uriah (II Samuel 11:1-27)
    Livestream links: stmichaelscathedral.com/live or facebook.com/stmikescathto
    Program: Download booklet of prayers and reading (PDF)

  • May 3, 2020
    Elijah (I Kings 19:1-18)

  • June 7, 2020
    Jonah’s Mission to Nineveh (Jonah 3 and 4)

Video Archive

Audio Archive (Podcast)

We are grateful to Salt & Light Catholic Media Foundation​ for their support in recording and broadcasting Lectio Divina. For a complete broadcast schedule, please visit www.saltandlighttv.org/lectiodivina