Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 25 August 2020

Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 25 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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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.

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

I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
so I shall be saved from my enemies.
Laudans invocabo Dominum,
et ab inimicis meis salvus ero.
Loué soit l’Eternel! Je crie à lui
et je suis délivré de mes ennemis.

Psalm 17 (18):3

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

Short Reflection

The song of Moses

Only last week, we were hearing about Jacob’s family,
literally the people of Israel,
in Egypt, preserved from famine,
and how this would lead in due course to the Exodus
and journey to the promised land.

In today’s first reading, Moses, who has led God’s people to within striking distance of that land, sings a beautiful song of witness.

This song is teaching for the people of Israel, that although (unlike Moses) they will reach the land of milk and honey, yet they will turn their backs on God, break God’s covenant and worship the false gods of that land.

When disaster overtakes them, this song shall be a witness against them.

The two ways

See, today I set before you
life and prosperity,
death and disaster.

If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God
that I enjoin on you today,
if you love the Lord your God
and follow God’s ways,

if you keep God’s commandments,
God’s laws, God’s customs,
you will live and increase,
and the Lord your God will bless you
in the land you are entering to make your own.

But if your heart strays,
if you refuse to listen,
if you let yourself be drawn
into worshipping other gods and serving them,
I tell you today, you will most certainly perish;
you will not live long in the land
you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today:
I set before you life or death,
blessing or curse.

Choose life, then,
so that you and your descendants may live,
in the love of the Lord your God,
obeying God’s voice, clinging to God;
for in this your life consists,
and on this depends your long stay in the land
which the Lord swore to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
God would give them.


Prayer Suggestions

We pray for the Church
that we may remain faithful
and that when we fall, we may re-turn to God.

We pray for prophets
who remind us of God’s song,
God’s song of love for God’s people.

We pray for singers,
currently deprived of song.

We pray for people facing tough decisions
that they may have the courage to listen to others.

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.

Concluding prayer

Lord, vindicate your people
and have compassion on your servants
who stand before you today.
Give us your grace to be faithful to your covenant
that we may share your light with those we meet.

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.

In these strange times, we are called to trust

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

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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