Praying at Home Today: Saturday 11 July 2020

Praying at Home Today: Saturday 11 July 2020

Welcome to, 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.

Short reading

Give me life, O Lord, according to your word.

Vivifica me secundum verbum tuum.

Eternel, rends-moi la vie conformément à ta parole!

Psalm 118 (119):107b

The Liturgy of the Word *

Here are today’s Bible readings.
You can read just one, or all of them if you have time.

Short Reflection

In days to come

The beginning of the book of Isaiah looks ahead to the coming days when God’s will is done across the earth.

Christians see in these words the Advent season, the days of preparation for the coming of the Son of God.


There is one word that stands out in thinking of these Advent times, and that one word is “hope”.

While to hope may come across to some as a desparate seeking for something that’s unlikely, or even impossible, the Apostle Peter reminds us that we have a lively hope in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

So our hope is not mere wishful thinking; it is rooted in a deep faith (even if we may not feel this faith most of the time!).

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy
he has given us a new birth
into a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
and into an inheritance
that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
kept in heaven for you,
who are being protected
by the power of God through faith
for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

I Peter 1:3

What a glorious hope!

We do well to dwell on this frequently.

Eternal life

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says

I have come as light into the world,
so that everyone who believes in me
should not remain in the darkness…
And I know that his commandment is eternal life.

Truly we may say, “By your word give us life!”


Prayer Suggestions

We pray that hope may truly live in us this day.

We pray for those who are unable to see beyond their immediate needs;
that their needs will be met.

For those who despair of life; blessed are they.

We pray for those who are affected by the current pandemic,
those who help to keep us safe
and those who care for the sick.

For those who are tempted to take shortcuts
rather than take responsibility for themselves and for others,
that their eyes may be opened.

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.

Concluding prayer

God beyond all dreams,
you have given us a lively hope in the resurrection of your son Jesus:
in his death which destroys our death,
in his resurrection which restores our life;
we pray that he may come in glory
into our lives,
to those we love,
and those around us this day.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Benedicamus Domino.
Deo gratias.

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.

Images, unless otherwise stated, are from lockdown in Scotland, by Alistair Warwick.

Music engraved by The Art of Music.

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