Praying at Home Today: Thursday 13 August 2020

Praying at Home Today: Thursday 13 August 2020

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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.
Everything is optional!

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.

Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France

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

How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!

Ecce quam bonum et quam jucundum,
habitare fratres in unum!

Oh! Qu’il est agréable, qu’il est doux
pour des frères de demeurer ensemble!

Psalm 132 (133):1

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

Joseph and Pharaoh’s dreams

The story continues!

Pharaoh has had two disturbing dreams that none of his advisors can interpret for him.

The cupbearer speaks up, admitting his fault.

Two years after Joseph tells the cupbearer the meaning of his dream, he finally remembers to speak to Pharaoh about Joseph, who is still languishing in gaol.

Joseph tells Pharaoh the meaning of his dream about the seven fat cows followed by seven skinny ones (and its wheat corollary): seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine, in which the plenty will be forgotten.

Telling Pharaoh that the double dream means that this 14-year event is imminent, Joseph advises the king on how to manage the situation.

Pharaoh is wise enough to heed this foreigner’s advice, and we’ll hear tomorrow whom he selects to be in charge.


(Reading this Joseph story keeps bring back all the great tunes in the musical. As an antidote(!), I’m listening now to Handel’s Water Music (English Concert, dir. Trevor Pinnock).


Prayer Suggestions

We pray for those who advise our governments,
that they may wisely discern the signs of the times.

We pray for our governments that they may be wise,
recognising when they get things wrong
and putting them right speedily.

At this time, we continue to pray for the people of Belarus, Lebanon, Yemen
and other troubled places in our world.

We pray for those who died or were injured in Aberdeenshire yesterday
and for those who grieve their loss.

We pray for the gift of peace,
in our home, in our land, and in our world. 

And we pray for students receiving exam results about this time,
for their families and their teachers.

a moment of silence

Pray for us all.

Music for reflection *

Appeared is the splendid day

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

Lord Jesus,
on the day of the Festival
you cried out
“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.”
Refresh us today by your word and your Spirit.

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.

Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France
* 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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