Praying at Home Today: Monday 3 August 2020
A warm 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.
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.
Wondrously show your steadfast love,
O saviour of those who seek refuge.
Mirifica misericordias tuas,
qui salvos facis sperantes in te.
Montre tes bontés,
toi qui sauves ceux qui cherchent refuge en toi!
from Psalm 16 (17):7
The Liturgy of the Word *
Here are today’s Bible readings.
You can read just one, or all of them if you have time.
Showdown in Gilead
Laban catches up with Jacob who, as you may recall, has left to go home in a bit of a hurry.
Jacob is pretty miffed. He’d worked for Laban for 20 years: 14 to earn the hand-in-marriage of Leah and then Rachel and a further six for the flock (which Laban had tried to cheat him out of).
Fortunately for Jacob, God had appeared to Laban in a dream just the night before they met up, warning him not to say a word to Jacob, good or bad.
So Laban makes do with asking his son-in-law why he had left in such a hurry.
Not knowing that Rachel had stolen her father’s household gods and had carefully hidden them, Jacob is outraged at Laban’s behaviour and lets him know just what he thinks.
Despite Jacob’s dodgy treatment towards Esau some 20 years previously, it seems that Jacob had due cause for feeling unjustly treated.
David, some hundreds of years later, was to sing
Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry;
give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.
From you let my vindication come;
let your eyes see the right.
And living with that tradition we too can sing of God’s justice (just not in church yet!).
We pray today for those unjustly treated:
those in abusive relationships,
people in war-torn zones of the world,
for refugees and political prisoners.
We pray for those who work in agriculture and farming.
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.
Lord Jesus Christ,
who suffered for us
to bring us life,
help us to bear the cross you give us
that we may share in your redemption
this day and every day.
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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