Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 11 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.
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.
But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love.
Fuit autem Dominus cum Joseph, et misertus illius dedit.
L’Eternel fut avec Joseph et étendit sa bonté sur lui.
The Liturgy of the Word *
Here are today’s Bible readings.
You can read just one, or all of them if you have time.
Our Old Testament reading about Joseph continues.
Sold into slavery by the Ishmaelites, Joseph is bought by Potiphar, a captain of the guard in Egypt.
Whether or not Potiphar made his fortune buying shares in pyramids or owned a large percentage of the Nile is a moot point!
Nevertheless, he was highly successful and valued Joseph’s dedicated service, eventually making him the trusted overseer of his household.
We read that Potiphar’s wife was somewhat attracted to this young Hebrew and every day would invite him into her bedroom.
To borrow a line from the musical, “It’s all there in Chapter 39 of Genesis” (well, chapters 37-45).
Well, Potiphar was not impressed and threw Joseph into jail.
Joseph in gaol
How did Joseph feel? This was the second “pit” he’d been thrown into.
Presumably, as Jacob’s favourite son, he had been told something of God’s plan for the family of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the people of Israel.
So as he sat in the prison, guilty of crime he didn’t commit, what was he thinking? How was his vocation to come to fruition, while he was rotting away in gaol?
Yet, once again, God was with him, and he found favour with the gaoler who entrusted him with care of the other prisoners.
The story continues tomorrow. Buckle your seatbelts!
We pray for ourselves.
When plans seem to go awry, when disaster strikes, when our journey seem thwarted,
we pray that we will sense God’s purpose working in us.
We pray for those in danger,
for those in prison and their families,
for those falsely accused.
We pray for prison staff and the volunteers who visit prisoners.
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 of our way,
we sometimes fail to see where you are leading us;
let the light of your Holy Spirit
show us the path you would have us take
and help us to continue to trust in your mercy.
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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