Praying at Home Today: Saturday 17 October 2020

Praying at Home Today: Saturday 17 October 2020

Praying at home today: a warning for leaders

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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

What was the end of the tyrant?
What was the end of his arrogance?

Quomodo cessavit exactor;
quievit tributum?

Comment! L’oppresseur n’est plus là!
La dictature a pris fin!

Isaiah 14:4b

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

Tirade against the fallen king

The exiles are returning to their home, following their exile in Babylon, and they are given a satire to recite on the king of Babylon.

The reference to shades in verse 9 may have been an inspiration for JRR Tolkein’s king-wraiths in The Lord of the Rings.

In Isaiah, the kings of the nations taunt their fellow monarch:

So you too have been brought to nothing, like ourselves.
You, too, have become like us.

Perhaps world leaders should take advice from Isaiah (and Tolkein!).

Members of Stirling University Choir met yesterday evening to record a TV broadcast for Songs of Praise.*

It was an extraordinary, heart-warming experience to hear each other sing together, something we haven’t heard since early March.

One of the hymns was Michael Perry’s paraphrase of Psalms 149 and 150, ‘Bring to the Lord a glad new song’ (sung to ‘Jerusalem’) and I was reminded of today’s readings as we sang the second half of verse 1.

Bring to the Lord a glad new song,
children of grace extol your king;
worship and praise to God belong —
to instruments of music, sing!
Let those be warned who spurn God’s name,
let rulers all obey God’s word;
for justice shall bring tyrants shame:
let every creature praise the Lord.

Sing praise within these hallowed walls,
worship beneath the dome of heaven;
by cymbal’s sounds and trumpets’ calls
let praises fit for God be given:
with strings and brass and wind rejoice —
then, join our song in full accord
all living things with breath and voice:
let every creature praise the Lord!

* The other hymns and songs were:

We understand that “Songs of Praise from Stirling” may be broadcast in January 2021.


Prayer Suggestions

On this day when we commemorate Ignatius of Antioch (Bishop & Martyr, c115),
we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world:

  • for world leaders: for integrity, justice and compassion
  • for scientists exploring the current pandemic and other diseases
  • for those mourning the loss of one they love
  • for those fearful of the disease.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we pray today
for the Revd Graham Willey
and for Libby, Liza, Mike, & Ann and all who produce HT Magazine.)

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

Almighty and merciful God:
in your goodness keep from us all that is harmful;
that, being ready both in body and soul,
we may freely accomplish your will;
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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