At times, words are too much for me on Good Friday. All the noise. All the motion. All the focus on the candy.

visio divina

Here I’ve adapted a post I wrote last week for Velvet Ashes and it uses Visio Divina. Visio Divina Latin for divine seeing or “praying with art.”

Today on Good Friday, using the simple instructions below, spend a few minutes meditating on this image depicting Peter’s denial of Christ.

Peter's Denial


  1. Look at the image and let your eyes stay with the very first thing that you see. Keep your attention on that one part of the image that first catches your eye. Try to keep your eyes from wandering to other parts of the picture. Breathe deeply and let yourself gaze at that part of the image for a minute or so.
  2. Now, let your eyes gaze at the whole image. Take your time and look at every part of the photograph. See it all. Reflect on the image for a minute or so.
  3. Consider the following questions:
    • What emotions does this image evoke in you?
    • What does the image stir up in you, bring forth in you?
    • Does this image lead you into an attitude of prayer? If so, let these prayers take form in you. Write them down if you desire.
  4. Now, offer your prayers to God in a final time of silence.


Here are three suggestions if you would like to continue this Spiritual Practice:

  1. When you look at Instagram, choose an image for Visio Divinia
  2. Pick a piece of art from your host country
  3. Use this meditation for Rest on the Flight to Egypt

Had you heard of Visio Divina? How was trying it with the picture of Peter? What did God reveal to you through this practice?

Image by Waiting for the Christ

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  1. Connie Gibson March 25, 2016 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Hi Amy. That was a great exercise! I appreciate your posting it. Please note that my email is now changed. Please replace my old one with the new one so that I have no interruption in getting your posts. I love and miss you!!! Connie

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      Amy April 1, 2016 at 6:12 am - Reply

      I’ve got it changed! You should have received Tuesday’s post in your inbox. If you didn’t, can you check your spam filter? :). LOVE you Connie!

  2. Jessica Attard March 27, 2016 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this practice. It helped me meditate on God’s transcending love for us. I wish you and your family a joyful Easter!

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      Amy April 1, 2016 at 6:08 am - Reply

      You’re welcome :). We did have a joyful Easter and I hope you did too!

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