Praying at Home Today: Friday 2 October 2020

Praying at Home Today: Friday 2 October 2020

Praying at home today: let your face shine on us, that we may be saved

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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.
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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

But where are your gods
that you made for yourself?
Let them come, if they can save you,
in your time of trouble.

Ubi sunt dii tui quos fecisti tibi?
surgant, et liberent te in tempore afflictionis tuae.

Où sont donc tes dieux,
ceux que tu t’es faits?
Qu’ils se lèvent, s’ils peuvent te sauver
lorsque tu es dans le malheur!

Jeremiah 2:28

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

Yet more denunciation for Israel

Poor Jeremiah! He has such a reputation for being miserable (indeed the word jeremiad has entered the English language, expressing the downfall of society).

The first half of his book appears to be little more than denouncing of God’s chosen people and the marking of the end of the house of Judah.

(When reading this book, perhaps we should begin with Chapter 26, the major events in the prophet’s life, before returning to the beginning of the book.)

The people have turned away from God (again) and attempt to deny it: “I have not gone after the Baals”.

Then they – the kings, officials, priests and prophets (i.e. those who ought to know better) – turn to gods made of wood and stone, crying out “Come and save us”.

Meanwhile, the little people suffer; the innocent poor are betrayed and led astray by those who ought to know better.

Paul’s warning

The Apostle warns of those who would lead the faithful astray: “beware of the evil workers”.

In every generation, there are those who would lead us astray.

Yet we are called to be

blameless and innocent,
children of God without blemish
in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,
in which you shine like stars in the world.


Prayer Suggestions

For our world, which desperately needs hope, 
let us pray:
that we will respond to God’s call,
the call of God in every age
to be lights for others.

We pray for Azerbaijan and Armenia, falling into war at this time
and for all places of conflict.
that peace may prevail.

We pray for those
frightened by the global pandemic
and fearing loss of employment
over the coming weeks and months.

And we pray for those who care for the sick and vulnerable.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we pray today
for Cathy Johnston, our Lay Representative.)

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

Restore us, O God of hosts;
let your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.
Bless us and those we love
today and every day.

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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