Praying at Home Today: Monday 21 September 2020

Praying at Home Today: Monday 21 September 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.
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.

Short reading

Then they believed his words;
they sang God’s praise.

Et crediderunt verbis ejus,
et laudaverunt laudem ejus.

Alors ils ont cru à ses paroles,
ils ont chanté ses louanges.

Psalm 105 (106):12

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

Personal greetings from Paul

Paul’s greetings were more than simply “Say hi”. Given the riches of his theology, these words would have been pregnant with meaning, calling on the presence and blessing of God for each person named in the chapter.

Many scholars suggest that this last chapter of the letter to the Romans, in fact, belongs to the letter to the Christians in Ephesus since Paul was well-known there rather than Rome, where he had never been before.

Possibly the letter to the Romans was also sent to the Church in Ephesus, with this final chapter as a sort of covering letter.

Or perhaps the people he mentions had moved to Rome by this time – who knows?

Who were the greetings addressed to?

Whatever its likely audience, this chapter’s greetings speak warmly of Paul’s experience with various people who have been important to him and to the Gospel he preached.

Some of the names are known from elsewhere in the New Testament.

An intriguing one is Rufus, who could have been one of the sons of Simon of Cyrene. In Mark’s Gospel, we read,

They led [Jesus] out to crucify him.

They enlisted a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, father of Alexander and Rufus, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross.

Alexander and Rufus must have been well known to those for whom Mark was writing his Gospel.

This reminds us that the primitive community of the followers of Jesus were few in number and known to each other; this would have been necessary, given the persecution of the early followers of Jesus that took place in the early centuries of the Church’s history until Constantine favoured it as the state religion. 


Prayer Suggestions

As we pray at home today,
we give thanks for those who have been part of our faith journey.

We pray for missionaries, bringing Good News to people throughout the world.

We pray for and give thanks for the Cyrenians, who support people excluded from family, home, work or community on their life journey.

On this feast of Matthew the Apostle,
we remember those who work for the Inland Revenue,
and for those who want to know more about Jesus but are afraid to ask.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we pray today
for Helen Kemp, Safeguarding and PVG Coordinator at Holy Trinity.)

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.

Concluding prayer

Almighty God,
whose blessed Son called Matthew, the tax collector,
to be an apostle and evangelist:
give us grace so to forsake the selfish pursuit of gain
and love of riches,
that we may follow the way of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Scottish Episcopal Church

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

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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