The final booklet in Fr de Verteuil’s series on Lent over the three-year cycle. It aims to help us to celebrate the season of Lent through meditation on the readings for each Sunday of the season and for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
Fr de Verteuil takes you through three simple stages with each reading: Firstly, you read it slowly and reverently, allowing the words to sink into your consciousness. Secondly, Fr de Verteuil’s prayers and reflections show you how you might allow the passage to stir up memories within yourself. Thirdly, this meditation leads you naturally into prayer, thanksgiving, humility and petition.
In each week of Lent, you go through this process (which is known as Lectio Divina, Sacred Reading) with the reading for the following Sunday. Your personal prayer, therefore, becomes integrated into the prayer of the church, and reaches its high point as you join in your parish liturgy.
About the Author
Fr. Michel de Verteuil, born on June 5, 1929, attended St. Mary’s College Secondary School in Spain from 1941-1947. In 1949-1956 he pursued studies at the Holy Ghost Seminaries in Ireland and the University College, Dublin earning an MA in English and Higher Diploma in Education. From 1957-1959 he studied theology at the Catholic University of Fribourg, Switzerland, graduating with a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. He was ordained a priest in Fribourg on July 19, 1959. He has published several books on lectio divina, promoting it in the Caribbean, Ireland, Canada, Rome and throughout the world. Fr. Michel de Verteuil passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2014.