Praying from Home: Friday after Pentecost
You can spend a moment in silence.
Opening to the Word
Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
In qua via lux habitet?
The Liturgy of the Word *
Click on one of these references to read today’s Bible readings:
Beginning with the week after Pentecost, the lectionary for weekdays is taken from the Vanderbilt Divinity Library
Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
This is part of Job’s epic conversation with God, following the disasters that befall him.
Everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong. His friends tell him to curse God and get on with his life but he refuses to do so.
Instead, he undertakes a journey within to try to understand the depths of God.
This is no simple approach. Over many years (and 41 chapters!), he grapples with these mysteries with little hope of getting any nearer to understanding them.
In the end, well let’s say that it’s worth reading! (Job 42)
Job is a huge example to us of persistence in the face of despair.
In these troubled times, when the truth is manipulated,
pray with persistence:
for those who dare to speak truth to power.
Continue to pray for politicians and leaders,
that they may learn humility, wisdom and integrity.
for justice and respect for all people;
for repentance for our own prejudices.
for those in intensive care, unable to breathe on their own;
for those who nurse and care for patients with COVID-19;
for everyone working to protect the most vulnerable in society from this disease;
for those who are most at risk from the pandemic, especially those in enclosed environments.
Pray for essential workers.
Pray for us all.
Music for reflection *
Hymn: Eternal Trinity of love
1 Eternal Trinity of love,
In peace and majesty you reign:
All things come forth from you alone;
To you they must return again.
2 Creation lives and breathes in you,
Sustained by your almighty will;
Grant us to know you, God of truth,
In whom the questing mind is still.
3 Our Father, in the name of Christ,
Unceasingly your Spirit send;
Be with us, everlasting God:
Fulfil your purpose to the end.
4 We praise you, Godhead, One in Three,
Immortal Trinity of light,
Unchanging through eternal days
You live unmoved, serene in might.
Words: © 1974 Stanbrook Abbey, Wass, York, YO61 4AY, England
from Hymns for Prayer & Praise
(Canterbury Press, 2011)
The Lord’s Prayer
We can say the Lord’s Prayer in any language or version we choose.
Here it is, in English, Latin and French.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever. Amen.
Pater noster, qui es in cælis;
sanctificatur nomen tuum:
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie:
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris:
et ne nos inducas in tentationem:
sed libera nos a malo.
Quia tuum est regnum,
et potestas, et gloria, in saecula.
Notre Père qui es aux cieux,
que ton nom soit sanctifié.
Que ton règne vienne.
Que ta volonté soit faite sur la terre comme au ciel.
Donne-nous aujourd’hui notre pain de ce jour.
Pardonne-nous nos offences
comme nous pardonnons aussi
à ceux qui nous ont offensés.
Et ne nous soumets pas à la tentation,
mais délivre-nous du mal.
Car c’est à toi qu’appartiennent le règne,
la puissance et la gloire
pour les siècles des siècles. Amen.
who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgment in all things,
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
In these strange times, we are called to trust
In that lectionary, the readings are in the following order: Old Testament reading, Psalm, New Testament reading; we have changed the order to the more usual OT, Psalm and NT.
The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
The Collects are from the Scottish Episcopal Church, 1982.
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