Praying at Home Today: Friday 18 September 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.
We follow the Track 2 “related” Old Testament reading and psalm (or equivalent response).
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.
That the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.
Quam Dominus dedit mihi in aedificationem, et non in destructionem.
Que le Seigneur m’a donnée pour construire et non pour démolir.
2 Corinthians 13: 10b
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
Unlike Nineveh, God wants to build us up
In yesterday’s Old Testament reading we heard about how the Assyrian empire was about to be destroyed. The bully has been bullied in turn.
Today’s instalment portrays the assault on its capital city, Nineveh.
Its devastation is a reminder of what is happening in our world even now.
A time for building
And yet, as Qoheleth the preacher said in Ecclesiastes, there is also a time for building.
Paul refers to this act of building in his letter to the people in Corinth.
And a 2nd-century Christian wrote,
The glory of God gives life; those who see God receive life.
For this reason God, who cannot be grasped, comprehended or seen, allows God’s self to be seen, comprehended and grasped by human beings, that God may give life to those who see and receive him.
It is impossible to live without life, and the actualization of life comes from participation in God, while participation in God is to see God and enjoy God’s goodness.
Life in a human person is the glory of God;
the life of a human person is the vision of God.
If the revelation of God through creation gives life to all who live upon the earth, much more does the manifestation of the Father through the Word give life to those who see God.
Against the Heresies,
Lib. 4, 20, 5-7; SC 100, 640-642, 644-648
We pray that we may seek to become fully alive in God.
We pray for all who help others to grow,
especially parents, guardians and teachers.
We pray for those who are missing,
and for those who grieve their loss.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we pray today
for care and healing of those of all ages who have mental illness.)
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.
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.
who created humankind in your own image and likeness,
be with your people today,
as we seek to follow the example of your Son,
the way, the truth and the life.
Returning to the world
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Thank you for joining us in praying at home.
Oremus pro invicem.
In these strange times, we are called to trust
There are several books by Brother Roger of the Taizé Community from many booksellers.
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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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