Praying at Home Today: Thursday 1 October 2020
Praying at home today for peace in our world, our nation and our hearts
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).
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.
Yet I planted you as a choice vine,
from the purest stock.
How then did you turn degenerate
and become a wild vine?
Ego autem plantavi te vineam electam,
omne semen verum:
quomodo ergo conversa es mihi in pravum,
Moi, je t’avais plantée pour produire des raisins excellents,
d’une variété sûre.
Comment t’es-tu transformée à mes yeux
en fruits dégénérés d’une vigne étrangère?
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
Israel, God’s chosen vine that broke free and went degenerate
The people of Israel have again turned from God, to worship false gods.
Jeremiah tells them that in so doing, they broke the covenant with God, the covenant that brings life:
you broke your yoke
and burst your bonds,
and you said, ‘I will not serve!’
The yoke referred to here isn’t one binding them to slavery but to the life that God is willing for them.
It reminds us of Jesus’ saying:
Learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart.
Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.
He, in turn, was probably reflecting elsewhere in Jeremiah’s prophesy:
Put yourselves on the ways of long ago
enquire about the ancient paths:
which was the good way? Take it then,
and you shall find rest.
On this day when we celebrate Gregory the Illuminator (c.332), the patron saint and first official head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, credited with converting Armenia from paganism to Christianity in 301.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we pray today
for the Armenian Church.)
We pray for all who bring others to a reconsideration of their lives.
And we pray for all who need rest.
We pray for the peace of the Universal Church, that we may all witness to its unity and diversity in Christ.
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.
Give peace in our time, O Lord:
peace for the world,
for our nation,
for our families and communities,
and in the very depth of our hearts,
where you share your life with us.
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
* 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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