|Workshop of Robert Campin,|
Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpeice), c. 1427-32.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wikimedia Commons.
". . . The way in which monastics practiced this holy reading . . . was to speak the words aloud and to meditate on their meaning (meditatio) by repeating them and truly savoring their meaning. The term rumination describes this holy exercise. One literally 'chewed over' the sacred text to savor and digest it. . . .
". . . Mary . . . stands as a model [such] listener and believer. Depictions of Mary praying over the Scriptures as Gabriel visited her to make his announcement envision how believers . . . should ponder God's Word, welcome it, and obey it. . . ."
Kevin W. Irwin, "Lectio Divina," Encyclopedia of Monasticism (edited by William H. Johnston; Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000) 1:750-752.