Praying at Home Today: Monday 24 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.
From 29 June to 22 August 2020, we used the Track 1 “semi-continuous” Old Testament readings; from Monday 23 August 2020 we are using the Track 2 “related” 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.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
my God, my rock in whom I take refuge.
Dominus firmamentum meum, et refugium meum, et liberator meus.
Deus meus adjutor meus, et sperabo in eum.
Eternel, mon rocher, ma forteresse, mon libérateur,
mon Dieu, mon rocher où je trouve un abri.
Psalm 17 (18):2
The Liturgy of the Word *
Here are today’s Bible readings.
You can read just one, or all three if you have time.
One link to all three readings
Separate links to each reading
Paul warns against judging others
Just as Jesus had told his disciples “Do not be judged, lest you be judged yourselves” (Matthew 7:1), Paul is warning the Christian community in Rome about the danger of judging others.
I remember a priest friend of mine saying, “Don’t judge other people by your own standards”.
It’s all too easy for us to pass judgement on others without knowing anything of where they’ve come from, what’s led them to where they are today and how they got there.
This behaviour is highly dangerous and, besides which, is not our place to do so. God alone can judge the innermost thoughts of our hearts.
Nevertheless, this is not about a laissez-faire attitude to life.
Paul warns us:
God will repay according to each one’s deeds.
We are reminded that actions speak louder than words, and we will be judged on those actions.
So, let us strive to be among those who bring the Kingdom closer, who help others in their speculative steps towards faith and kindness and goodness.
We pray for those who are making their first tentative steps towards faith in God.
We pray for those who are world-weary
and those for whom life holds no joy.
Let us pray today
that we will be enablers of God’s Reign.
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.
God our Maker
you light up our darkness
and show us the way to life;
we pray that you will be with us
and with all those we encounter this day.
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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