Praying at Home Today: Saturday 8 August 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.
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.
He said to them,
Listen to this dream that I dreamed.
Dixitque ad eos:
Audite somnium meum quod vidi.
Il leur dit:
Ecoutez donc le rêve que j’ai fait!
The Liturgy of the Word *
Here are today’s Bible readings.
You can read just one, or all of them if you have time.
Joseph the dreamer
Joseph, Rachel’s first-born, was Jacob’s favourite son. Yet he had a rather annoying habit of having dreams in which he lorded it over his brothers (and indeed his father and mother).
This didn’t exactly endear him to his 11 brothers, and you probably know what happened next, although it’s not in today’s part of the story.
These dreams turned out to be the way in which God spoke to him; they led to the people of Israel living in Egypt, which, in turn, led to the Exodus and the 40-year journey through the desert to the promised land.
Our dreams are an important part of the way that we process information and make sense of our lives. It is essential for our healthy living.
Perhaps God is speaking to us too in our dreams, in that downtime when we are most vulnerable.
So as we go to sleep tonight, we can put ourselves into the hands of God and ask to be led into all truth:
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
You have redeemed us, O God of truth.
Talking of families
All this talk of families recently reminds me that during this abnormal time of CARS-CoV-2, there have been other more normal happenings.
These include births and marriages and other rites of passage, as children go to new schools or leave to go university or college.
New chapters for many people,
perhaps for all of us.
We pray for all families who have welcomed a new one into their midst,
that they may be a delight to their parents and siblings.
For those who cannot have natural children.
For those who are choosing to adopt a child;
may their generosity of spirit be richly rewarded.
For students getting their exam results
and deciding on the next step in their lives.
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.
Keep watch, dear Lord,
with those who wake, or watch, or weep this night,
and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend the sick,
give rest to the weary,
sustain the dying,
calm the suffering,
and pity the distressed;
all for your love’s sake,
O Christ our Redeemer.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
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.
You can buy ‘The Complete Chronicles of Narnia’ at Amazon
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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