Root to Rise Contemplative Community


Sacred Text Practices

Choose the book that you would like to study as a sacred text. This can be any book of your choosing. There are no rules. If you want to engage with the text in a sacred way alone or in community, you are free to do so. If you choose to contemplate in community, this is the way we at Root to Rise Contemplative Community, are connecting with our sacred texts.

1st Read Through

Florilegium

Excerpt below taken from this article: https://www.getliturgized.com/practices/sacred-reading-florilegia

“The word “florilegia” is from the Latin flos (“flowers”) and legre (“gathering”), and is the act of collecting phrases from a larger text that pop out or “sparkle” at you from the page — sort of like gathering flowers into a bouquet. In Florilegia, these selected phrases are called “sparklets”.

A “sparklet” isn’t necessarily a whole verse. It might be a short phrase or a single sentence. The point is to capture the words that speak to you in your present moment of life. At its heart, Florilegia is a prayerful practice, meant to help you focus your mind as you seek to receive from God in scripture.

Florilegia on your own

As the reader, you would record your sparklets in a journal, and when you have finished, you can ponder your set of sparklets as a new text. Is sans so we journal it in a book oh we love all the sans’s :). Look so mini sans’s did you know in minecraft it dos not rain in the desert. I love doggo’s so much. The end

Our group practice: Each week we read a chapter and meet weekly to discuss. Prompts are created and available for deeper reading as well as a theme for each chapter. Participants are asked to follow the Florilegia model and bring to the discussion a sparklet from the chapter. We incorporate everyone’s sparklets to create a new text, community poetry of sorts, from the original text. That florilegia lives here: https://padlet.com/totherevolutions/hgjkjkm3m979rcaz

2nd Read Through 

Lectio Divina

The list below gives the interpretation of Lectio in 2 formats. The ancient is listed first and its modern interpretation is listed below it in bold italics.

How Guigo, a 5th century monastic, explained Lectio in his text, Ladder of the Monks: https://nds.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/The-Ladder-of-Monks.pdf

  1. Put the grape in your mouth – Read the text
  2. Bite into the grape – Think or Meditate on the significance of the text
  3. Taste the sweetness of the grape – Prayer over what you experience in the text
  4. Swallow the grape – Nourishment and Contemplation of the text 

Below is Lectio Divina presented on Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, the podcast that inspired this live sacred text study of secular books.

  1. Literal reading of the text
  2. Allegorical reading of the text – images, stories, scenes, myths, cultural phenomena that we connect to in the reading
  3. Stories from our own life that we are reminded of in reading the text 
  4. Reflective: what is the text asking of us? How can we put that into action on the macro and micro level in our personal life and community?

Our group practice: We will take the Florilegia text created each week from our Braiding Sweetgrass sacred text discussions and use them to practice Lectio Divina and share that with one another during our weekly time together. 

PERSONAL DAILY PRACTICE IF INTERESTED: 

In addition, if anyone would like to extend the practice of Lectio into a daily meditation, you will find a 7 day meditative writing practice, learned from James Finley in the podcast, Turning Towards the Mystics, and refined by my own practice and interpretation that may offer a deeper connective to the text in preparation for our time together weekly. 

Day 1: 

  • Read a personal sparklet from the text 3 times. 
    • Once to yourself. 
    • Once out loud. 
    • Once stopping between each sentence to sit with the words and take a deep breath symbolizing internalization of the message. 

Day 2: 

  • Read the text. 
  • Then copy it out word for word.

Day 3 to Day 6: 

  • Break the text into 4 parts.
  • Each day copy a part and then contemplate the following questions. 
    • How have I or am I experiencing this?
    • If I were to say it or explain this, how would I say it?
    • What is this asking out of me?
    • Where am I with this?

Day 7: 

  • On the day of our sacred text study meeting, read the entire text and review the format in which we will discuss the text in community. We may choose another section than the one you have been using this week and that is ok! More opportunity for deep contemplation!
    • Literal reading of the text
    • Allegorical reading of the text – images, stories, scenes, myths, cultural phenomena that we connect to in the reading
    • Stories from our own life that we are reminded in reading the text 
    • Reflective: what is the text asking of us? How can we put that into action on the macro and micro level in our personal life and community?
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