Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 14 October 2020

Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 14 October 2020

Praying at home today: a deep relationship with God

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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

I am my beloved’s,
and his desire is for me.

Ego dilecto meo,
et ad me conversio ejus.

Je suis à mon bien-aimé
et son désir se porte vers moi.

Song of Solomon 7:10

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

Riches in today’s readings

In the Gospel reading, Jesus tells his audience not to work for food that perishes (even though that is vitally important) but rather for that which lasts.

In practice, we need to do both but not to let the temporal take precedence over the eternal.

When he is asked for a sign, Jesus reminds them of the manna, a gift from God as the people of Israel traversed the desert on the way to the land they would be able to call their own.

For us, as St Paul said in yesterday’s prayer, our homeland is in heaven and it is with this hope that our lives are transformed.

The love of Bride and Bridegroom as a model for the soul’s union with God 

The reading from the Song of Solomon (the Song of Songs) immediately precedes the one we read last Wednesday.

Although the text doesn’t make it clear, 7:10–8:3 is spoken by the Bride; the last verse is spoken by the Bridegroom (there are parallels in 2:7 and 3:5).

(Interestingly, although the book is often referred to as the Song of Solomon, it’s most unlikely to be part of Solomon’s already vast output. Furthermore, the love poetry doesn’t reflect the jaded harem but rather the innocent passion of two young lovers.)

As well as straightforward love poetry such as any nation’s heritage would have, it also works on the allegorical level, the relationship being between God and the people of Israel, the Church, or perhaps the Mother of Jesus.

On a personal level, the Bride can represent the human soul called to a deep, abiding love with God. 

This extraordinarily beautiful love poetry has meanings on a number of levels.
Let’s enjoy it.


Prayer Suggestions

We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world:

  • for those who bring the Good News of God’s love to the world
  • for engaged couples and those who are newly-married
  • we pray for those for whom love has grown stale
    and for those who have been betrayed 
  • for marriage and relationships counsellors
  • we pray for our world, so desperately in need of reconciliation and healing.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we pray today
for PM Boris Johnson and FM Nicola Sturgeon and their advisers.)

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

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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