Praying at Home Today: Thursday 6 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.
The word of the Lord kept testing him. Eloquium Domini inflammavit eum. Où la parole de l’Eternel l’a justifié.
Psalm 104 (105):19b
The Liturgy of the Word *
The Bible has an amazing ability to end one story and begin another, both within the one verse!
So, if you’ve been able to read the full readings using the link to BibleGateway.com, you’ll have spotted at the beginning a sentence referring to one of Jacob’s sons laying with one of his father’s concubines: not really relevant to what follows!
The 12 sons of Jacob and the death of Isaac
Anyway, what follows next is a list of the 12 sons of Jacob (or Israel, as he is alternatively known) with his two wives, Leah and Rachel, and their maids, Zilpah and Bilhah. His daughters, including Dinah, aren’t mentioned here.
The reading ends with the death of Isaac, to whom, with his father Abraham (he who had been about to slay him!), he was to be father to countless peoples, as many as the grains of sand.
What’s the significance for us today?
As part of the new Covenant, we are part of that people, as many as the grains of sand.
Unlike grains of sand, however, Jesus tells us that we are – each one of us is – known and loved.
The word of the Lord kept testing him
The phrase “tested him” in the Psalm is interesting.
From looking at several versions of this text, it seems to have the idea of being tested by fire, as in
For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap;
he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver,
and he will purify the descendants of Levi
and refine them like gold and silver,
until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness.
Testing, being justified, being inflamed, being purified to remove impurities; these are all aspects of this phrase.
So we can’t hope to get through life easily; it’s going to be a testing time (it certainly is at present!).
But this testing time can refine us, help make us what God wants us to become: fully human:
The glory of God is man fully alive.
On this day when we celebrate the Transfiguration of Jesus,
as Joseph was tested in Egypt,
to purify him for his role in life,
we pray for the Church of God,
that we may be willing to be purified.
For those preparing for baptism
and those preparing to take another step in their faith journey.
For those nearing the end of their earthly lives,
that they may see the Lord face to face.
We pray for the people of Beirut, Lebanon, in danger.
We remember today the people of Japan
on the anniversary of the atomic bombings
and pray for peace in our world, free from fear.
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.
you call us each and every day
to take up our cross and follow you;
by your Spirit,
strengthen us when we stumble and fall
and guide us into all truth.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
In these strange times, we are called to trust
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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