Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 18 August 2020

Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 18 August 2020

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A warm welcome to, where you can find 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.
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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.

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

It is God who will redeem Israel
from all its iniquities.

Et ipse redimet Israel
ex omnibus iniquitatibus ejus.

C’est l’Eternel qui rachètera Israël
de toutes ses fautes.

Psalm 129 (130):8

The Liturgy of the Word *

Here are today’s Bible readings.
You can read just one, or all of them if you have time.

One link to all three readings
Separate links to each reading

Short Reflection

Joseph and his brothers

More “conniving” from Joseph means that his brothers don’t know where they stand.

Today’s reading comes immediately before what we heard on Sunday (in the Continuous track), in which Joseph at last reveals himself to his brothers.

Tomorrow we will hear about Jacob, his father, and how he takes the news of Joseph.

God’s call in Romans

Paul is speaking to the Gentiles and making it clear to them that they are in position to lord it over the Jewish people.

Even if they have been grafted onto the olive tree, and thus draw the riches from it, this is not at the cost of the other branches, i.e., the Jews, even though Paul does say that some of the Jews have turned away from God and God’s covenant with them.

Nevertheless, God’s call to the people of Israel still stands; it is irrevocable.

Anti-semitism through the ages and today

This is one reason why anti-Semitism is so intrinsically wrong.

(Another is that persecution of a people on the grounds of their race or religion etc. is simply wrong.)

The Jewish people are still God’s chosen people.
The Second Vatican Council (1962-65) definitively absolved the Jewish race of the accusation of Deicide, for which, over many centuries, they had been considered culpable.

(Rejection of anti-semitism doesn’t equate, however, to unqualified approval of the State of Israel; like many nation states, it has its fair share of guilt for persecuting others.)

Indeed, there are three major religions that are people of the Book, and children of Abraham: Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

We have more in common than what divides us.


You can listen to Rev Christoph Wutscher’s sermon on the irrevocable call of the people of Israel here


Prayer Suggestions

We continue to pray for the Jewish people,
children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
the first to hear the word of God.

We pray for those of other nations who participate in God’s saving call.

In faith, we bring before God
all who are persecuted for their race, religion, colour of skin, gender or way of life
and we pray that we may become more tolerant in our own lives.

We pray for the people of Belarus
and the people of Sudan.

For children starting new schools at this time,
for their teachers, and their parents and guardians.

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.

Concluding prayer

God of all ages,
we come before you today
aware of our need for your presence;
give us grace to be the people you call us to be
for your name’s sake.

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

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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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