Praying at Home Today: Saturday 26 September 2020

Praying at Home Today: Saturday 26 September 2020

Praying at home today: what will tomorrow bring?

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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

Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!

Delicta juventutis meae, et ignorantias meas, ne memineris.
Secundum misericordiam tuam memento mei tu,
propter bonitatem tuam, Domine.

Ne te souviens pas des fautes de ma jeunesse, de mes péchés!
Souviens-toi de moi en fonction de ton amour,
à cause de ta bonté, Eternel!

Psalm 24 (25):7

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 sins of the children

When thinking about the sins of the children (or the parents) we might misread the heartfelt plea in today’s Short Reading:

Do not remember the sins of my youth.

(Why is it that young people are always described as “youths” when they’re in trouble?)

Ezekiel, in the First Reading, is rightly criticising the common view that children must be punished for their parents’ actions.

He says that

A child shall not suffer for the iniquity of a parent,
nor a parent suffer for the iniquity of a child.

And yet this view is still common, whereby relatives are tarred with the same brush.

The newspapers, of course, must take responsibility for a lot of this, when they scapegoat someone simply because they happen to be a relative of a wrong-doer.

No, as we heard yesterday, each of us is responsible for our actions and inactions.

That being said, we are also responsible for our brothers and sisters; yes, there is a paradox here.

Because we are all connected, what affects my brother or sister affects me; what affects my neighbour affects me.

That is the story of the Good Samaritan: human solidarity, especially with the little people so beloved by God.


Prayer Suggestions

We thank God for the gift of each other, for our neighbour,
with all their foibles and strengths and weaknesses.

We pray for those doing their best to keep us safe at this time.

And we pray for the grace to do as we’re asked, for the sake of each other.

We pray especially for students starting university at this time.
May this time of restriction be short-lived so that they can continue this new chapter in their lives.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we pray today
for those who work on all forms of public transport.)

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

God of the green fields and running waters,
we thank you for all your gifts to us,
with the promised transports of delight
that you prepare for us in your Kingdom.

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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