Praying at Home Today: Saturday 17 October 2020
Praying at home today: a warning for leaders
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.
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.
What was the end of the tyrant?
What was the end of his arrogance?
Quomodo cessavit exactor;
Comment! L’oppresseur n’est plus là!
La dictature a pris fin!
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
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:
- Like a mighty river flowing (Quem pastores)
- Irish Blessing (Elizabeth Ann Spencer)
- O praise ye the Lord (Laudate Dominum)
We understand that “Songs of Praise from Stirling” may be broadcast in January 2021.
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.
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.
In these strange times, we are called to trust
Praying at Home Today: Acknowledgements
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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