Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 30 September 2020

Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 30 September 2020

Praying at home today: healing of spirit, soul and body
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

Courage, my child, your sins are forgiven.

Confide fili, remittuntur tibi peccata tua.

Prends courage, mon enfant, tes péchés te sont pardonnés.

Matthew 9:2b

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

Samson 

We left Samson yesterday, betrayed by his wife and given into the hands of Israel’s enemy, the Philistines.

His hair cut short and his eyes gouged out, he had lost his strength, and became the Philistines’ plaything, abandoned to turning the mill.

However, his hair had begun to grow again and when they had brought him to their feast to perform feats for them he quickly realised that he could turn this against them.

Standing between the building’s supporting pillars, he called on the Lord God to renew his strength and take revenge on them.

Thus Israel was avenged for forty years of Philistine domination. 

Jesus Heals a Paralytic

In Matthew, we read quite a different type of story (the only link is that the paralysed man couldn’t walk, as presumably was the case with the Philistines after the roof fell on their heads).

Jesus heals a paralysed man by giving him courage (healing for his spirit) and telling him that his sins are forgiven (healing for his soul).

He thus puts the cure of the spirit and soul before that of the body.

When the lawyers complained of this apparent blasphemy, Jesus also shows that physical healing has taken place. At that time, sickness was seen as the result of a sin committed either by the sufferer or their parents.

Jesus thus heals the whole person, body, soul and spirit.

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Prayer Suggestions

On this day when the Church celebrates Jerome, (Priest & Teacher, 420),
we give thanks for all who over many centuries
have worked on the Scriptures:
translators, commentators, publishers
and all who help to make the Good News understandable to our world.

We pray for our local churches, their ministers and congregations.

We give thanks to God for the life and work of Kuwait’s Emir,
Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah,
whose life was dedicated to conciliation between warring neighbouring countries. 
We pray for all who work tirelessly for peace and reconciliation.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we pray today
for those seeking a CoViD19 vaccine.)

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

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord let God’s face shine on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord uncover God’s face to you and bring you peace.
Amen.

Numbers 6:24-26

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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