image Visio Divina – Praying with Art


Visio Divina - Praying with Art
Last Supper by John August Swanson


Visio Divina follows the pattern of Lectio Divina using sacred art. It fosters the practice of sacred seeing.

Art and Prayer

Prayerful images can inspire viewers’ faith as well as their desire to be more creative. This page offers practical suggestions, links to art exhibits and reflections on the subject of art and prayer. This is part of a larger site run by Bob Gilroy SJ Prayer Windows

Art on the Web

Welcome to Art on the Web! This is the latest, and probably last, iteration of a project that started in the late 1990s, before Google and other internet search engines existed. It began as a way of sharing sites that I had found interesting and bookmarked, and was expanded with additions found by Adeane Bregman and the Bapst Art Library staff. It has been years since the site was fully updated, but the College of Arts and Sciences’ Web Service Center has cleaned up the non-functional links and given it a new look. I am glad that many have found it useful.
-Jeffery Howe See particularly Contemporary Religious Artists

Arts and Faith- Visual Arts

From the brilliant canvases of the Renaissance to the stained-glass artwork in your church, Christians have long used vibrant colors and images to showcase the depth and breadth of God’s love. The articles in this section highlight those who share their spirituality visually using all types of media. – from Loyola Press

Pathways to God: Praying with Art

“In the Spiritual Exercises, St Ignatius gives us the idea of meeting sacred scripture with one’s own life, mediated through Imaginative Contemplation. The aim of these reflections is to do this in tandem with pieces of art. Each month therefore, we will offer a painting in the hope that it will enable you to reflect more deeply on a particular passage of scripture. The idea is that you can return to the painting and scripture and discover more depth throughout the month. In collaboration with Geoff Wheaton SJ we will be releasing a new reflection every month.”

Praying with Art – Visio Divina

While Lectio Divina is a method of praying with scripture, Visio Divina (Latin for “divine seeing”) is a method for praying with images or other media.-  Tim Mooney

Seeing the Word — Visio Divina

“Seeing the Word is a program of guided reflection that makes it possible to pray with images from The Saint John’s Bible – the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in more than 500 years.”

Visio Divina – Beth Richardson

“Visio divina invites the viewer into “divine seeing.” Visio divina shares roots with the ancient practice of lectio divina. (Lectio divina calls for a slow, careful interaction with scripture through meditation and prayer, allowing a word or phrase to rise in one’s consciousness, a holy word to be savored and examined.) Similarly, visio divina invites one to encounter the divine through images.”

See the Art resources on for more subjects for visio divina.


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