Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 4 November 2020
Praying at home today: for our parents
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 let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy.
Et laetentur omnes qui sperant in te;
in aeternum exsultabunt, et habitabis in eis.
Alors tous ceux qui se confient en toi se réjouiront,
ils seront pour toujours dans l’allégresse.
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
Human customs compared to the divine law
In today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus is rebuked by the religious leaders because his disciples don’t follow the traditions of the elders (perhaps going back to Moses): they don’t wash their hands before they take bread.
(In these times, we would probably pay more attention to this human custom!)
Jesus turns this rebuke on his accusers by asking them why they put customs before the commandments of God: he accuses them of hypocrisy.
Giving to God is all right and good; if however, this prevents us from giving what is due to our parents, then we’ve lost the plot.
It is the act of saying to one’s parents “what you need is of no matter; I’ve done my duty to God”.
Honour your father and your mother.
At this time, when we commemorate those who have died, for many of us this will include our parents.
For some of us, there is unfinished business, things we wished we’d done, things we wished we’d said (or hadn’t said).
We can commend this unfinished business to God, offering it with a humble heart. With such an action, God will redeem it and bring us the forgiveness and healing we need to continue on our journey in faith.
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world
- for our families
- for generosity of heart
- for countries electing their leaders
- for everyone concerned about the pandemic, especially those whose work is at risk.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the continuing fellowship of the Tiny Tots Café.)
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.
watch over your household with constant love:
that with you as our shelter
your family may be free from all distress,
and devoted to good works for the glory of your name;
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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