Praying at Home Today: Saturday 21 November 2020

Praying at Home Today: Saturday 21 November 2020

Praying at home today: rejoicing in God's goodness to us and all humankind
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

Break forth into singing, O mountains,
O forest, and every tree in it!

Resonate, montes, laudationem,
saltus et omne lignum ejus.

Montagnes, éclatez en cris de joie,
et vous aussi, forêts, avec tous vos arbres!

Isaiah 44:23b

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

We saw yesterday how it wasn’t David but rather his son Solomon who was chosen to build the Temple in Jerusalem. This temple was the centre for the cultic worship and a centre of unity for the people of God. Its destruction in 70AD was devastating for the Jewish people.

Yet it is David who is pre-eminent among the people of Israel for all time, his name ever to be remembered.

And (as we may sing, in just a few weeks’ time) Jesus is born in a stable in royal David’s city. He fulfils the role of King, bringing all of creation in one act of self-sacrifice to the Kingdom, in which the promise of God to humankind is completed.

We become the Temple of God, made of living stones, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone.

When we look up at the majestic trees in our forests and mountains, we gradually realise our human dignity; we can stand tall in the knowledge that our calling is from the God who loves us and who invites us to share God’s life.

With those mountains and trees we sing of God’s goodness to us and to all humankind.

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Music for reflection *

Prayer Suggestions

As the Church celebrates the life of Columban (Bishop, 615),
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 countries around the world facing turmoil at this time
  • for those facing loneliness 
  • for us all, called in baptism to share in the royal priesthood of Jesus Christ,
    that we may live up to our calling
  • for Cathy and her family.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the Revd Graham Willey
and that may we reflect on the good things learned through Covid.)

For all who have asked for our prayers.

a moment of silence

Pray for us all.

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

Almighty and everlasting God,
whose will it is to restore all things
in the kingdom of your well-beloved Son:
mercifully grant
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.
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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