Praying at Home Today: Friday 14 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.
Can we find anyone else like this
—one in whom is the spirit of God?
Num invenire poterimus talem virum,
qui spiritu Dei plenus sit?
Pourrions-nous trouver un homme tel que celui-ci,
qui a en lui l’Esprit de Dieu?
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 and Pharaoh
The story continues!
The interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams by a foreigner has been accepted and welcomed and Joseph has become the principal minister of Egypt.
He marries into Egypt’s most exclusive nobility, wears Pharaoh’s ring and fine linen and everyone kneels before him.
This is quite a contrast for Joseph, now aged 30, who 11 years earlier had been sold into slavery and unjustly thrown into prison!
Now he had the ultimate power in the land, except for the king.
At his command, corn was set aside for the famine years to come, so much grain that it was like the grains of sand of the sea.
As Pharaoh’s dreams had predicted, when the seven years of plenty were over, the seven years of famine began.
And as Joseph had interpreted, and the king had wisely agreed to, there was plenty of grain that Egyptians could buy – and not only Egyptians. The famine respected no national borders and consequently people from all over the (known) world came to buy grain.
We pray for those in disaster areas,
those in countries experiencing famine
while we have plenty.
For families facing hardships at this time.
For those who are weighed down with bad news.
And for those who are celebrating with good news.
a moment of silence
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.
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
be all else but naught to me, save that thou art;
be thou my best thought in the day and the night,
both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.
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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