Praying at Home Today: Thursday 19 November 2020
Praying at home today: sharing in the royal priesthood of Christ
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.
O come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Venite, exsultemus Domino;
jubilemus Deo salutari nostro.
Venez, crions de joie en l’honneur de l’Eternel,
poussons des cris de joie en l’honneur du rocher de notre salut!
Psalm 94 (95):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
Looking to Sunday’s feast of Christ the King
In the daily Lectionary we follow at Praying at Home, Monday to Wednesday reflect on the previous Sunday, while Thursday to Saturday look forward to the coming Sunday.
The Church celebrates the Sunday before Advent as Christ the King, acknowledging that Jesus’ redemptive act on the cross, the Paschal Mystery, claims for him dominion over all creation, as it is in Christ that the world is redeemed and saved from all that would keep us from God’s loving plan for us.
So in these next three days, we will look at aspects of Kingship (which in Christ is tied up intrinsically with Servanthood).
Israel needed a leader
Several weeks ago we heard about how people were doing what they thought was right but were being misled due to lack of leadership.
They sought a king and, in due course, got one. The Old Testament
Not all of the rulers were examples of good character; many led the people astray but others were faithful to God’s law and inspired the people to keep the commandments.
David, despite his personal failures, is seen as one in whom the religious and civil leadership combined and, consequently, is most important in the Old Testament.
And Jesus is of David’s line.
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world:
- for those called to lead their people, that they may be faithful stewards
- for those who challenge despotic leaders
- for Queen Elizabeth
- for us all, called in baptism to share in the royal priesthood of Jesus Christ, that we may live up to our calling.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for those across the world seeking and testing a Covid 19 Vaccine.)
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.
Almighty and everlasting God,
whose will it is to restore all things
in the kingdom of your well-beloved Son:
that the peoples of the earth,
now divided and enslaved by sin,
may be freed and brought together
under his most gracious rule;
through the same 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
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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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