Praying at Home Today: Friday 23 October 2020
Praying at home today: God’s law of life and love revealed to us in Jesus
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.
But their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
Sed in lege Domini voluntas ejus,
et in lege ejus meditabitur die ac nocte.
Mais qui trouve son plaisir dans la loi de l’Eternel
et la médite jour et nuit!
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
The Ten Commandments reissued
For a second time, Moses takes two tablets of stone on which to record the Ten Commandments (or “words”, as in the Hebrew text).
They will be placed in an ark, the Ark of the Covenant, the means by which the commandments can be properly carried with the people and always present with them, a sign of God’s abiding presence.
These “words” are reflective of the Word, who brings truth and justice, freedom and redemption to God’s people.
The Word is the new Ark of the Covenant; in Jesus, God’s law of life and love is made visible.
We are challenged to live according to that new law:
Show yourself in all respects a model of good works,
and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, and sound speech that cannot be censured;
then any opponent will be put to shame,
having nothing evil to say of us.
And just as the Jewish people remind themselves of the Law, so we meditate on the new Covenant, night and day.
On this day when the Church commemorates James of Jerusalem (Martyr, 62), we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world:
- for those persecuted for witnessing to their faith
- for the holy city of Jerusalem
and for peace and justice in the Middle East
- for those whose mental health has been affected by the pandemic.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Revd Christoph Wutscher, our Rector.)
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.
Thank you for joining us in praying at home.
Oremus pro invicem.
In these strange times, we are called to trust
There are several books by Brother Roger of the Taizé Community from many booksellers.
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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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