Praying at Home Today: Saturday 28 November 2020
Praying at home today: stay awake, praying at all times
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).
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.
Stir up your might,
and come to save us!
Excita potentiam tuam,
et veni, ut salvos facias nos.
Déploie ta force
et viens à notre secours!
Psalm 79 (80):2b
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
Transition into Advent
As Jesus talks about the last times, he warns us of those who would spread what we now call fake news, with rumours of happenings.
As we’re told elsewhere, no-one knows the hour for the return of the Son of Man, so we need to stay awake (but not literally or we’ll be no good for anyone!).
Tomorrow, as we begin a new year, we move into Mark’s account of the Good News. Earlier and shorter than the Gospels of Matthew or Luke, they contain a certain freshness.
Perhaps we could read through the Gospel during Advent as a way of embedding it into our minds and hearts for the coming year.
This evening you are invited to join Holy Trinity Church, Stirling as we celebrate our Advent Vigil.
As Stirling is in Level 4, the church building is closed for public worship; however, we have prepared an online recording (option for audio or video) with contributions from members of the church.
It includes the seven O Antiphons, sung by the Rector, seven readings and seven musical responses (chant, hymnody and organ reflections), before concluding with the great Advent hymn ‘Lo, he comes with clouds descending’.
Come and join us.
The nominal time is 6.30pm, but come whenever you can (even later during the Advent season).
Go to holytrinitystirling.org/worshipresources.htm (or direct link)
resources available from 4pm
Music for reflection *
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for HT Kidz & leaders Sarah, Gen & Alistair
and that we may seek and live the Hope of Advent.)
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world.
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
* 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
Other worship resources
Praying at Home Today: Acknowledgements
* The lectionary for weekdays in Ordinary Time is taken from the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, 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 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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