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Visio Divina: Extraordinary Prayer
for Ordinary Time

By | Step by Step | Posted on May 13, 2012

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Visio Divina: Extraordinary Prayer<br>for Ordinary Time

Description: This program is an interactive experience of scripture, art, and faith sharing — but you don’t need to be a Van Gogh to lead it (or be involved)! This can be done on its own or incorporated as a prayer experience into other young adult programs.

Get Ready

  • Prep Time: About an hour and a half: One hour to select a scripture passage and prepare a prayer aid, and 30 minutes to set up the supplies and space. Tip: If you have group facilitators, you’ll want to walk them through the entire process at least once if they’ve never experienced Visio Divina before.
  • Volunteers Needed: No volunteers are needed, unless you want to prepare a few “ringers” beforehand. If you’re expecting more than 10, it is helpful to have at least one other person who understands the whole process.
  • Supplies: You will need an assortment of art supplies. They do not need to be expensive — a trip to the 99¢ store for children’s water colors, brushes, crayons, construction paper, magic markers, modeling clay, etc., is sufficient. If your budget allows, splurge on oil crayons, charcoal pencils, a good set of brushes, calligraphy markers, art pads, etc. These will last longer, may increase the interest in this prayer activity, and assist your participants in developing an appreciation for art as a prayer form. You might also invite any artists in your young adult community to bring some of their own supplies.
  • Reserve the Space: You will need two quiet spaces for this activity: a circle of chairs, one for each participant and a work area with tables. It is helpful if these spaces are in the same room or adjacent to one another. This activity has been successful in both a parish center and someone’s home.
  • Ideal Group Size: 5-10, but this prayer can be used with as few as 2 or as many as 50. If you have more than 10, split into groups of 5-8 when it comes time for sharing their art prayers.
  • Who is this for? All young adults can participate and enjoy this prayer experience!
  • When is a good time for this? Evenings or weekends work well. You’ll want at least an hour and a half to two hours, plus some time to socialize afterwards. This program also works well after Sunday liturgy as an extension of the scriptural reflection that happens there.
  • Publicize the Program: This program can be a great extension of groups that gather regularly for scripture reflection or groups that started during Lent.
    • Mass is a good place to promote this program.
    • This is a great option to offer to groups that already gather for prayer and scripture reflection.
    • Invite individuals who are interested in prayer. It’s a great activity for those who have a strong spirituality, but not a formal connection to the Church or to those who are active and engaged in parish life.
    • Use social media, parish bulletins and newsletters, and diocesan publications.

Prayer for Program Planner: Creator God, you are the source of creativity itself. Send your Holy Spirit upon me and those who will pray with me today so that we may open our hearts to your holy word and, therefore, be re-created and renewed. Amen.

Community Building: Participants have the opportunity to connect with one another through faith sharing. Offering snacks and beverages after the prayer experience is always appropriate. 

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About the Author

Andrea M. Parker

Andrea M. Parker is an associate director for the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Before going into ministry, Andrea was an art student and uses her skills to create publicity in her job. She uses art as a form of prayer and has been creating from scratch her own Christmas cards for more than 20 years. She is a regular contributor to the Archdiocesan blog Being Catholic.