Praying at Home Today: Thursday 5 November 2020

Praying at Home Today: Thursday 5 November 2020

Praying at home today: in all things and at all times call on the name of the Lord to assist us and to save us

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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.
Everything is optional!

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

Be pleased, O God, to deliver me.
O Lord, make haste to help me!

Deus, in adjutorium meum intende;
Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina.

O Dieu, délivre-moi sans tarder!
Eternel, viens vite à mon aide!

Psalm 69 (70):1

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

Three (or perhaps four) observations
1 Amos was a shepherd

Like the other Old Testament prophets, he was no-one significant. As a shepherd, he was one of the ordinary people that God chose to speak out against national idolatry and apostasy.

2 No-one is exempt from God’s warning

No-one is exempt from God’s warning, least of all Jerusalem.

3 Three-Four

This is a favourite literary device in the Old Testament (along with “One thing… only two do I know), perhaps just as we might say “several” (or in Scots, “two-three” for “two or three”).*

4 Prophecy is timeless, yet context-necessary

Like all the prophets, Amos’s message is timeless; yet it does have to be read in context (as does the Book of Revelation). While we can’t take literal meaning for today from such a document, there are rich truths for every age.

Reliance on God at all times and in all things

Today’s Short Reading, is the opening verse and response for the Divine Office, and part of that for the Anglican Office, where it appears as:

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

It is a reminder of our need in all things and at all times to call on the name of the Lord to assist us and to save us.

* I’m currently re-reading Sunset Song from the trilogy A Scots Quair by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, a powerful story of life in the East of Scotland around the time of the First World War. 

The beautiful language and portrayal of its heroine Chris Guthrie and the other characters in the farming community make the book a treasure. 


Prayer Suggestions

We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world

  • for the United States at this critical time
  • for those who feel surrounded by enemies, imagined, perceived or otherwise
  • for all who work for justice and peace
  • for the people of England, going into lockdown again.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Director of Music Alistair Warwick, Choir & Music Group.)

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

O Lord,
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.

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

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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