Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 16 September 2020

Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 16 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.
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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

Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone;
so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

Et cum stabitis ad orandum, dimittite si quid habetis adversus aliquem:
ut et Pater vester, qui in caelis est, dimittat vobis peccata vestra.

Et lorsque vous êtes debout pour prier, si vous avez quelque chose contre quelqu’un, pardonnez-lui afin
que votre Père céleste vous pardonne aussi vos fautes.

Mark 11:25

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

Forgive, that you may also be forgiven

In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells Peter that he must forgive someone who wrongs him, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

This 77 is a call for infinite forgiveness.

And of course, for human beings, this is possibly impossible.

However, such a challenge doesn’t mean that we can’t make a start.

Although we may not always be able to forgive someone each time that they fail us, we can start by forgiving them once.

Vicious and virtuous circles

This is fundamentally about setting our direction in life.

Do we want to be people who harbour resentments and so get eaten up ourselves by an anger that’s not dealt with?

Or do we want to be freed from that which binds us?
Forgiving someone, forgiving oneself, is the first step.

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Prayer Suggestions

On this day when we commemorate St Ninian of Whithorn, who brought the Gospel to Scotland, we pray for those who bring others to faith.

As we pray for the people of Scotland,
we ask the prayers of St Andrew, St Margaret and St Ninian.

We pray for all who find it impossible to forgive, 
that they may experience forgiveness and healing themselves.

And we pray for all dealing with the consequences of climate change:
fires, rising sea levels, air pollution and homelessness,
that we may be ever more sensitive to their needs.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we pray today for Revd Christoph Wutscher, our Rector.)

Please pray for David and Julie, Cathy and Ken, Jan and Michael, and all living with sickness.

We pray for all who have asked for our prayers.

a moment of silence

Pray for us all.

Music for reflection

There is a longing in our hearts, O Lord
by Anne Quigley

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

Father, all powerful and ever living God,
we praise and thank you through Jesus Christ our Lord
for your presence and action in the world.

In the midst of conflict and division,
we know it is you who turn our minds to thoughts of peace.

Your Spirit changes our hearts:
enemies begin to speak to one another,
those who were estranged join hands in friendship,
and nations seek the way of peace together.

Your Spirit is at work when understanding puts an end to strife,
when hatred is quenched by mercy,
and vengeance gives way to forgiveness.

For this we should never cease to thank and praise you.

Amen.

Eucharistic Prayer for Masses of Reconciliation II
(from the 1975 edition of the Sacramentary for Mass)

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.

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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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