Suggestions for Group Leaders
Meeting Three: Second Week of Lent
We give suggestions for each week’s group meeting, but it is up to you to organise how you feel best.
Feel free to move things around, omit or add things; you must feel comfortable with your meeting.
Begin with tea and biscuits while people gather and are welcomed.
You might like to set the scene with a centrepiece, maybe a candle and cloth of Lenten colours.
Outline of Meeting
We suggest beginning with tea and biscuits while people gather and are welcomed.
1. Opening Prayer
– Take a couple of minutes of quiet prayer
to ask God to be with you during the meeting. Pray that God might speak to
the heart of each person in the group.
- Ask each individual to go over their prayer times
this week; give them a moment to consult their journal.
You might ask them:
3. Divine Reading - Lectio Divina
How did you find praying the Scripture or the other meditation?
- Did time seem to drag, or did it go quickly?
- Did anything surprise you?
- Did any of the Scripture passages or other meditations have any special meaning for you?
- How did you feel over the week?
- What is God saying to you?
Lead the group through a prayerful reading of Scripture.
Before you start, prepare a quotations from scripture you would like to use; ideally from the psalms or wisdom literature, preferably not a story. It may be scripture from this week's Online Retreat.
Make sure everyone has access to the scripture.
It will be good to explain the stages of this prayer before doing it.
Take a Break:
- Stilling: Begin with one of the stilling exercises you did last week
- Awareness of God: Become aware you are in the presence of God.
Dedicate this time to God.
- Ask God to be your guide in this time of prayer.
- Desires: Be in touch with what gift or grace you want
to ask God for at this moment. Ask God for your deepest desires.
- Read-Lectio: Have someone in the group read the whole passage slowly.
- Meditate - Meditatio: Suggest to the group that
Read the passage again very slowly, word by
word, phrase by phrase.
Stop where a word or
phrase seems to say something to you.
Let the passage touch your life, your memories.
There is no one meaning; the same passage may say very different things to different people.
- Talk to God - Oratio: Speak to God in your own words.
Imagine God speaking back to you.
Express your own desires.
- Contemplate - Contemplatio: Be quiet and open before God. Rest, let the mind be still
- When you get distracted, or the silence becomes a burden, go back to the
passage and contunue your slow reading. Follow the four steps again:
Read, Meditate on the words, Talk to God, Be in silence before God.
- Prayer: Finish with a formal prayer everyone knows like the Lord's Prayer/Our Father.
After a short break it would be good for those who wish to share something of this prayer with the group.
You might ask people to say the word or phrase that meant the most to them.
You could ask what God is saying to them or it how do they feel now.
If you get some good responses from the group, you might suggest
that these are the sorts of things they could note in their journals after
each prayer session.4. Looking Forward
– Make sure the time and venue etc. of the next meeting is clear.
5. Thank everyone for coming.