Triduum Scriptures: A New Testament Encounter

Last night, we hosted a dinner event for parish lectors. Plus any interested parishioners. I introduced some (others already knew of it) to the practice of Lectio Divina. We gave them these New Testament Scriptures for reflection this coming week. The text of my handout follows.

Holy Thursday: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Brothers and sisters: I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.  

Good Friday: Hebrews 4:14-16

Brothers and sisters: Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

Easter Vigil: Romans 6:8-11

If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him. As to his death, he died to sin once and for all; as to his life, he lives for God. Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as being dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus.

Lectio Divina


A quiet time, aim for twenty minutes as an ideal. Some spiritual directors counsel two twenty-minute periods a day. Build up toward that, but at least one definite time each day is ideal: it lets the person of prayer build into a habit. Prepare the body: sit comfortably, feet on the floor, hands at ease. Perhaps your journal is nearby and ready with a pencil. Your bible or book of prayer is ready, too.


This first part consists in reading the scriptural passage slowly, attentively for a number of times. How many? You might read a longer passage twice. You might read a shorter passage (one to a few verses) multiple times. Remember to go slowly, framing each reading with its own silence.


Take a word, phrase, or some theme—it should be brief—and ponder it in some depth. How deep? Maybe many times until the word sounds strange to your mind.


What is your response to God? In this part, the person of prayer may conduct a dialogue with God. Ask questions, explain a need, talk out an insight. Some spiritual directors advise this as a time for bringing out one’s journal and writing down your response to God. What might that be? The word or phrase of meditatio, questions you ask of God, perhaps a prayer in response.


This moment is for the sense of serenity and peacefulness you have derived from your prayer time. Sit in the quiet.


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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Triduum Scriptures: A New Testament Encounter

  1. Freder1ck says:

    Great idea! May it spread.

  2. kiwi_nomad06 says:

    I once went to an evening about Lectio Divina. There was only a small group of people there, and we were all quietly reflecting on a passage. Then, Boooommmmmm, an earthquake struck!!! The phrase about “be not afraid’ was in my head at the time. Most of us I think wanted to break from the prayer and laugh and talk at that point…. but we had to carry on!

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