Praying at Home Today: Monday 9 November 2020

Praying at Home Today: Monday 9 November 2020

Praying at home today: a thirst for the Word

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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.

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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

They shall wander from sea to sea,
and from north to east;
They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord,
but they shall not find it.

Et commovebuntur a mari usque ad mare, et ab aquilone usque ad orientem:
circuibunt quaerentes verbum Domini, et non invenient.

Ils erreront alors d’une mer à l’autre, du nord à l’est,
ils iront çà et là pour chercher la parole de l’Eternel, et ils ne la trouveront pas.

Amos 8:12

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

A thirst and a hunger for the Word

Amos speaks of a people who search but cannot find, who look but do not see (perhaps also: listen but do not hear).

They have lost their way; they know there’s something vitally important missing that they cannot find, even though they go all over the known world to try and find it.

We are assured that the Word is very close to us, if we but open our eyes, if we but open our ears and our hearts.

Opening to the Word

As I write this, I’m listening to a recording Here in This Place, made by the Worth Abbey Lay Community some 27 years ago, specifically to the track ‘Take and Eat’ by Michael Joncas.

It will be available on YouTube sometime around Christmas.*

Meanwhile, here are the words. You might find them useful for your own reflection.

Take and eat; take and eat:
this is my body given up for you.
Take and drink; take and drink:
this is my blood given up for you.

1. I am the Word that spoke and light was made;
I am the seed that died to be re-born;
I am the bread that comes from heaven above;
I am the vine that fills your cup with joy.

2. I am the way that leads the exile home;
I am the truth that sets the captive free;
I am the life that raises up the dead;
I am your peace, true peace my gift to you.

3. I am the Lamb that takes away your sin;
I am the gate that guards you night and day;
You are my flock; you know the shepherd’s voice;
You are my own; your ransom is my blood.

© Michael Joncas
GIA Publications Inc.

* The recording was never released on CD. I have a couple of spare cassettes of this recording if you would like one. If you can’t wait until Christmas just ask me and you can have a copy (I only have two!).


Prayer Suggestions

On this day when the Church celebrates George Hay Forbes (priest, 1875), we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world

  • we continue to pray for the United States at this critical time
  • we pray for all areas of the world holding elections
  • for the housebound and the afraid
  • for those who care for them.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for better recognition of carers.)

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 God,
our refuge and strength,
the very author of devotion:
hear the prayers of your Church;
and grant that what we seek in faith
we may in fact obtain;
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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