Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 25 November 2020
Praying at home today: refreshment in our inner life
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.
Their life shall become like a watered garden,
and they shall never languish again.
Eritque anima eorum quasi hortus irriguus,
et ultra non esurient.
Leur vie sera pareille à un jardin arrosé
et ils ne dépériront plus.
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
Israel is redeemed from all its iniquity
The Shepherd-King is at work in redeeming the people who have been in exile.
They return to their own country with great joy.
Gone are the days (at least for now) of hardship in a foreign land.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
And after this our exile
Jesus tells his followers that the hour is coming when the dead will hear his voice, and that those who hear will live.
This life, seen sub specie aeternitatis, is but a glimpse of the fulness of life we are called to share.
One of the Marian antiphons sung after Compline (Night Prayer) includes the words
and after this our exile
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Day by day, may we seek the gentle yet strong Shepherd-King, who lays down his life for his flock that we might live.
Music for reflection *
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world:
- for those who are struggling with faith,
that the Lord will reveal God’s self to them in the depth of their being
- for those who are addicted,
for the gift of freedom
- for those in prison (physical or mental)
- for those who are lonely this day.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Jim Shanks, as he retires as Prior of Servers and Sacristan.)
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.
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
There are several books by Brother Roger of the Taizé Community from many booksellers.
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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 usually 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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