Praying at Home: Friday after Trinity
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Here you can find some resources for each day to help you stay in touch with the Church and to sustain you on your journey through life.
Opening to the Word
You can spend a few moments in silence,
focussing on your breathing
to become more mindful of the present moment
and to open yourself more fully
to God’s presence within you.
Short scripture passage
Go into the wilderness.
Vade in desertum.
The Liturgy of the Word *
These are the Scripture readings for today.
If you have time, you can read just one or all of them.
Go into the wilderness
These words were addressed to Aaron as he was told to meet Moses following Moses’ encounter at the Burning Bush.
It was in the wilderness, with the elders of the people of Israel, that he would hear of how God had witnessed the sufferings of God’s people and had remembered God’s covenant.
We too are invited in this lockdown to go into the wilderness, not one involving a great journey, but rather looking inwardly and recognising, at least at times, an absence of God.
(Perhaps it’s not so much that God is absent to us but that we are absent to God, as we dwell on what we’re missing: family, friends, social life – and for many people, work or freedom.)
God is calling us to be ever more in communion with God and God’s people.
We are called, in that Spirit, to open ourselves more and more to the anawim, the little people, those forgotten and despised by the powerful.
Stephen, in our Acts reading, is reminding his accusers of the way in which God has spoken to God’s people, and how the prophets were rejected by the authorities. He reminds them that it is the same Moses whom they rejected in Egypt and yet was the one who led them out of Egypt.
Stephen reminds them that other prophets were persecuted by their ancestors for speaking the truth.
The danger for us, all of us, is that we think we can own God, that we can set limits on God’s love and mercy.
But we must not forget that we, all of us, are made in God’s image and likeness and are called to share in God’s divine nature.
This redemption and sanctification is for the whole of creation, and we have our part to play in helping bring it into fruition.
So as we embrace lockdown (to a greater or lesser extent!), let us resolve to meet Christ there and rededicate ourselves anew to God’s reign and will for all of humanity.
Pray for those who are finding lockdown hugely challenging,
for those whose access to the outside world is severely limited.
In these troubled times, pray
for courage to enter the wilderness.
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.
for essential workers,
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.
we pray that we may welcome you in the poor and the unloved.
Help us to see your image and likeness in others, especially those we find hard to love.
Be with us this day (night)
and keep watch over those who are sorrowful.
Bless us with your mercy and peace.
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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