Praying at Home Today: Friday 13 November 2020

Praying at Home Today: Friday 13 November 2020

Praying at home today: our liberation from all that keeps us from our calling, sharing in God's divine nature
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.

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.
Amen.

Short reading

For a thousand years in your sight
are like yesterday when it is past,
or like a watch in the night.

Quoniam mille anni ante oculos tuos
tamquam dies hesterna quae praeteriit:
et custodia in nocte.

Car 1000 ans sont à tes yeux
comme la journée[a] d’hier:
elle passe comme le quart de la nuit.

Psalm 89 (90):4

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

God seeks an authentic existence for humankind.

God is the God of life;
his anger is his refusal
to see darkness and evil
consume his creation.

In Jesus, everything finds liberation.
All God can do is love ‘as fierce as death.’

John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

When we understand this overreaching concept of liberation, we can begin to understand the concept of God’s wrath: God’s “No” to humanity’s “No” (when we fail to be human), and therefore God’s Yes: the glory of God is a human being fully alive.

We are called to share in God’s life. At every stage throughout our life, we are on a journey, the destination of which is the fulness of life with God.

We can catch glimpses of that destination in those thin spaces in which we encounter God: in human love, in music, in art, in the written and spoken word, and of course in nature.

So teach us to count our days
that we may gain a wise heart.

Psalm 89 (90):12


If you have time, have a look at The Wrath of a Loving God (preview) by Brother John of Taizé, especially the introduction, which gives a very helpful overview of this fascinating topic. 

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Prayer Suggestions

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

  • for those suffering from the effects of natural disasters
  • for the victims of trafficking and for those seeking refuge
  • for those who are dying and for those who support them in the last days in this world
  • for Cathy and all the bereaved.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for veterans and carers at the Erskine Homes.)

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.
Amen.

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,
forgive the transgressions of your people:
and by your goodness release us from the snare of sin,
in which, by our frailty, we have been caught;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end.
Amen.

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 Bookshop.org

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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