Praying at Home Today: Monday 12 October 2020

Praying at Home Today: Monday 12 October 2020

Praying at home today: praying at all times

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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

I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore;
semper laus ejus in ore meo.

Je veux bénir l’Eternel en tout temps:
sa louange sera toujours dans ma bouche.

Psalm 33 (34):1

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

An alphabetical psalm of praise and wisdom

Psalm 33 (34) is another of the alphabetical psalms: each of its 22 verses begins with a new Hebrew letter.

According to the title, the psalm is

Of David, When, after pretending to be mad in front of Abimelech, he was dismissed by him and made his escape.

This episode is recorded in 1 Samuel (21:11-16, although his feigning of madness doesn’t actually occur until later in the chapter).

The first 10 verses of the psalm are a thanksgiving; the remaining verses are a treatment of wisdom, rather like the Proverbs.

Praying at all times

We are invited to bless God constantly, at all times (God’s time is now) and the praise of God always on our lips.

Traditionally, the opening prayer of the day is

O Lord, open thou my lips,
And my mouth shall declare your praise.

Domine, labia mea aperies,
et os meum annuntiabit laudem tuam.

Psalm 50 (51): 15

In these days of such uncertainty, it is good to ground ourselves.

We could do worse than to ground ourselves in the blessing of God, who has brought us to the beginning of a new day.

I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.


Prayer Suggestions

We pray at home today

  • we bless God for the loving-kindness shown to us, each and every day
  • we pray for all who help to bring hope to others’ lives
  • we pray for those who fearful of what each new day may bring
  • and we pray for peace
    in our hearts, our homes and our world.

(As the Church today commemorates Elizabeth Fry (1845),
friend of prisoners and reformer of prisons,
in Holy Trinity, Stirling, we pray today
for prisoners, prison officers & support staff.)

We pray for all who have asked for our prayers.

a moment of silence

Pray for us all.

Music for reflection *

A setting of the Easter chorale.

Christ lay in death’s bonds handed over for our sins,
he is risen again and has brought us life.
For this we should be joyful,
praise God and be thankful
and sing Alleluia.

Original text by Martin Luther,
translated by Francis Browne (adap.)

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

O Lord,
since without you we cannot please you:
let the work of your mercy
in all things guide our hearts;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end.

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 related readings (Track 2).

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 usually 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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