Praying at Home Today: Thursday 10 September 2020

Praying at Home Today: Thursday 10 September 2020

A warm welcome to PrayingAtHome.com, 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.
Everything is optional!

We follow the Track 2 “related” Old Testament reading and psalm (or equivalent response).

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.
Amen.

Short reading

As a father has compassion for his children,
so the Lord has compassion for those who fear God.

Quomodo miseretur pater filiorum,
misertus est Dominus timentibus se.

Comme un père a compassion de ses enfants,
l’Eternel a compassion de ceux qui le craignent.

Psalm 102 (103):13

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

Fratricide

Not surprisingly, perhaps, the Bible isn’t that keen on brothers and sisters hating, or worse still, killing one another.

We have Joseph’s brothers conspiring to kill him, and Cain who succeeds in killing his brother Abel. 

For a reflection on Joseph and his brothers, see this post and others near it.

In imago Dei

The very first chapter of Genesis reminds us that we are made in God’s image and likeness and so, for this reason alone, we should not hate our brother or our sister.

Sometimes, of course, this can be difficult. Families can be very trying.

But if we see God’s image and likeness in our sister, our brother,
if we see one whom God loves, then who are we to hate that person?

When someone harms us, forgiveness is not an easy option, but it is the right choice if we are to experience healing and forgiveness ourselves. 

Sunday’s readings

As we will hear in Sunday’s Old Testament reading, Joseph forgave his brothers, explaining to them that it was for the purpose of saving them that God allowed them to sell him into slavery.

God can redeem evil. 

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Prayer Suggestions

We pray for the Church,
that the Lord will guard us
and keep us from harm.

We pray for those who have been abused
by people in positions of power,
for forgiveness and for healing.

For those living with sorrow and grief,
especially refugees at the Moria camp in Lesbos. 

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we pray today
for those affected by the cancellation of the Edinburgh Festivals.)

We pray for all who have asked for our prayers.

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.
Amen.

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

O God,
as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is your steadfast love towards those who fear you.
Give us grace today to recognise your love for us, despite our many faults,
that we may, in turn, love those who harm us.
Amen.

Returning to the world

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

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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