Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 14 July 2020
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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.
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.
Be angry but do not sin;
do not let the sun go down on your anger.
Irascimini, et nolite peccare:
sol non occidat super iracundiam vestram.
Si vous vous mettez en colère, ne péchez pas.
Que le soleil ne se couche pas sur votre colère.
The Liturgy of the Word *
Here are today’s Bible readings.
You can read just one, or all of them if you have time.
New life in Christ
Today’s New Testament reading picks up on a common theme for the Apostle Paul: new life in Christ.
The Christians in Ephesus are urged to put away their former life, their old selves, and to be clothed anew in the new life of Christ.
In accordance with the Golden Principle, “Do as you would be done by”, they are urged to put away falsehood, and speak the truth, “for we are all neighbours”, members of one Body, in Christ.
There are many reasons to be angry, some justified, others perhaps less so.
Be angry, yes, but do not sin.
Don’t go to bed angry.
Don’t give the devil his opportunity.
As we say in Compline (Night Prayer),
Fear God, do not sin,
ponder on your bed and be still.
So what can we do when we’re angry but know that we must not sin?
We can remember that Jesus said “Love your enemies.”
So our task is to pray for our enemies, for those who hate us.
We pray for ourselves,
that we may accept the feelings of anger:
the cruelty of war,
the expolitation of our fellow human beings.
We pray for those who would wish us harm.
for the people who see things differently to us.
For political and religious leaders,
for leaders of industry
that they may seek the good of all.
We pray for those at most risk from the pandemic;
for wisdom and prudence.
And we pray for those who care for the sick.
Pray for us all.
Music for reflection *
A 3-voice setting of the Easter chorale by the German composer Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748, which dates are almost exactly contemporaneous with his cousin JS Bach).
The chorale itself appears to be a reworking of the plainsong Easter antiphon “Ad monumentum venimus” from the “Visitatio sepulchri”.
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.
God our Father,
your Spirit is at work in us
when we pursue peace and reconciliation in the human family;
grant us wisdom and patience
and yet the passion to see right done
for the sake of all your beloved children.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Thank you for joining us in praying at home.
Oremus pro invicem.
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Praying at Home Today: Acknowledgements
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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