Welcome to Visio Divina
This pack contains 20 images of various sizes from paintings by artist Chris Duffett. This sheet takes you through what Visio Divina is and a step by step guide as to how you can use images of art to help you pray.
What is Visio Divina?
It means ‘divine seeing’ and is a multi sensory way to help you connect with God through prayer. The pictures are not the means in which you can meet with God, simply tools to help you pray! This way of praying has been used throughout the centuries and is more popular in Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches where icons are often used in prayer. Visio Divina is becoming more popular to help people engage in prayer and enable people to become more-so aware of God’s presence and how He loves to speak into our hearts in different ways.
There is no hard and fast rule as to how one must use pictures in prayer. I would like to suggest 5 simple steps which I hope may encourage you as you start out, based on the acronym P.A.I.N.T. Before you begin, if you have a large coffee table or kitchen table, scatter the images face up upon the table so that you can see most of them. If you are in a group setting you can place the images on the floor or centre of the room. Alternatively, if you are by yourself you may want to randomly choose a single image from the envelope.