Praying at Home Today: Thursday 22 October 2020
Praying at home today: reparation for wrong-doing
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.
Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked.
Beatus vir qui non abiit in consilio impiorum.
Heureux l’homme qui ne suit pas le conseil des méchants.
The Liturgy of the Word *
Reparation for wrong-doing
Our first reading reflects and presents good practice.
If someone wrongs another, then trust is breached; there is a breakdown in the social fabric – this breach must be repaired.
So we see that the wrong-doer “shall make full restitution for the wrong”.
Furthermore, as this breach affects not only the two parties, the restitution must include a value-added 20%.
If the injured party has no next-of-kin for the purposes of reparation, then that reparation must be made to the priest.
The New Testament
The primitive Church in the first century hadn’t yet fully developed the threefold ministry of bishop, priest and deacon; indeed all the faithful share in the one priesthood of Jesus Christ.
And yet the germ of this threefold ministry is there: the elders (πρεσβυτερος, from which comes presbyter, priest), διακονος (diakonos, deacon) and επισκοποσ (episkopos, bishop).
Two of these are mentioned in Paul’s letter to Titus, with specific requirements for their moral and spiritual behaviour.
Bearing these in mind, such reparation should not benefit the minister personally, except for his or her direct need; rather, it is held in trust for the needy.
Reparation in the wider world
The Torah, the first five books of the Bible, lay down specific teaching for the moral life. While some of this is peripheral, other teachings are more central and thus essential.
The ten commandments (and as codified by Jesus as love for God and neighbour) are perhaps the most obvious.
Others include the sabbatical year, which we heard about last week, in which debts are forgiven every seven years.
All of these call for us to put others first, rather than living selfishly.
And this calls for a radical approach to social justice, in which everyone has their fair share of the earth’s resources and a fair opportunity for themselves and their families to prosper. Indeed theft and injustice over many centuries still need to be repaid and repaired before peace can be realised.
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world:
- those who thirst for justice
- those who fight injustice
- those who care for the underprivileged,
for those in prison and on the margins of society
- for those living in places of extreme hardship,
especially refugees and those escaping domestic violence.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
that generous giving to charities and those in great need is sustained.)
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.
O Lord, in your mercy:
grant to your faithful people pardon and peace;
that they may be cleansed from all their sins,
and serve you with a quiet mind;
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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