Praying at Home Today: Friday 10 July 2020
Welcome to PrayingAtHome.com, where you can find some worship resources for praying at home today or wherever you are.
We hope these readings, prayers, music and the short reflection will help you stay in touch with the Church and to sustain you on your journey through life.
If this is your first visit to this website, then you might like to read about the common elements and the suggested structure for each day’s prayer.
Please note that with effect from 29 June 2020, we have reverted to the Track 1 “semi-continuous” Old Testament readings (this also affects the psalm or equivalent response); the New Testament and Gospel readings remain unchanged.
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.
In the name of the living God,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Those who have never been told of him shall see,
and those who have never heard of him shall understand.
Quibus non est annuntiatum de eo, videbunt:
et qui non audierunt, intelligent.
Ceux à qui il n’avait pas été annoncé verront,
et ceux qui n’en avaient pas entendu parler comprendront.
The Liturgy of the Word *
Here are today’s Bible readings.
You can read just one, or all of them if you have time.
Paul writing to the Christians in Rome
May my teaching drop like the rain,
my speech condense like the dew;
like gentle rain on grass,
like showers on new growth.
Paul, writing to the Christians in Rome, tells them that he has had to be bold in reminding them that his special concern is for the Gentiles.
The Church based in Jerusalem, comprising the other apostles, was first and foremost focussed on the Jews who had become Christians.
Paul’s focus was on a different group, those born outside the Jewish Law.
From the final verses of the reading, we see that his ambition was to proclaim the good news, not building on someone else’s work, but to a new set of people.
Gentle rain on grass
This good news needs to be brought gently.
As rain needs to fall softly if new growth is not to be damaged, so our witnessing to the Gospel also needs to be sensitive, not stamping on people’s spiritual journeys but respecting where they’ve come from and how they’ve reached this point today.
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
Psalm 118 (119):105
We pray for those who are sincerely seeking the way of truth
the right way to live their lives.
As they journey in faith, may we be a support to them, not an obstacle.
We pray for those who work with those people who are deprived of life’s necessities,
that they may be gentle and caring.
We pray for those who are affected most by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic,
especially our hospital staff and care workers.
For us all.
Music for reflection *
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.
you are gentle and humble in heart;
teach us the way to your Kingdom
that our concern for others may be genuine
and as soft as the dew on the grass.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Thank you for joining us in praying at home.
Oremus pro invicem.
* You can find more organ music from Holy Trinity Church, Stirling
on Alistair Warwick‘s website and on SoundCloud
There are several books by Brother Roger of the Taizé Community from many booksellers (Amazon link)
In these strange times, we are called to trust
Other worship resources
Praying at Home Today: Acknowledgements
* Beginning with the week after Pentecost, the lectionary for weekdays is taken from the Vanderbilt Divinity Library. Currently, we’re following the semi-continuous readings (Track 1).
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.
English Bible texts 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.
Latin Bible texts are from Biblia Sacra Vulgata, and are in the Public Domain.
French Bible texts are from Version Segond 21, copyright © 2007 Société Biblique de Genève by Société Biblique de Genève.
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Music engraved by The Art of Music.
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