Praying at Home Today: Friday 31 July 2020

Praying at Home Today: Friday 31 July 2020

A warm 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.
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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

I have chosen you and not cast you off’;
do not fear, for I am with you.

Elegi te, et non abjeci te.
Ne timeas, quia ego tecum sum.

Je t’ai choisi et ne te rejette pas.
N’aie pas peur, car je suis moi-même avec toi.

Isaiah 41: 9b-10a

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

A prayer from persecutors

Today’s psalm has this verse:

If you try my heart, if you visit me by night,
if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me;
my mouth does not transgress.

Psalm 16(17):3

OK, maybe we don’t have quite the same level of confidence in our goodness as the psalmist but we are trying, yes?

The important thing is to keep going.

When we fail, as we will surely do, to pick ourselves up, re-turn to the Source of Life, and continue on our journey.

Music practising

The same is true in our music-making, or at least in our preparation for music-making.

As soon as we make a mistake, we must stop and correct the mistake, repeating the correct action several times until the right action becomes embedded.

At the following practice session we may well find that the same mistake occurs. So we repeat the process, stopping immediately we recognise the error, playing it slowly enough that we simply cannot get it wrong, then repeating the correct action again and again (at that slow speed).

This discipline (it comes from the same root as ‘disciple’) will enable faster and more secure progress and ultimately success in what we are trying to achieve.

Spiritual life

For musicians, that achievement is the performance of a work that we love so much that we want to share it with others.

There may be echos of the spiritual life here!



Prayer Suggestions

We pray for all who touch our lives by expressions of beauty:
artists, architects, writers, musicians – and others.

When we are tempted to take the easy route
we pray for the courage to slow things down
and find the one thing that’s important at this moment.

We pray for those who bring signs of hope in our fallen world,
those who work with the mentally ill,
those who care for the sick,
especially those in care homes
and those looking after relatives at home.

a moment of silence

Pray 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

Loving God,
we call upon you,
for you will answer us;
show us your steadfast love,
O Saviour of the poor and lowly.

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

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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