Praying at Home Today: Monday 30 November 2020
Praying at home today: St Andrew, Patron of Scotland – leading others to Christ
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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.
As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee,
he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen.
And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’
Et praeteriens secus mare Galilaeae,
vidit Simonem, et Andream fratrem ejus, mittentes retia in mare (erant enim piscatores),
Et dixit eis Jesus: Venite post me, et faciam vos fieri piscatores hominum.
Comme il marchait le long du lac de Galilée,
il vit Simon et André, frère de Simon, qui jetaient un filet dans le lac; c’étaient en effet des pêcheurs.
Jésus leur dit: «Suivez-moi, et je ferai de vous des pêcheurs d’hommes.»
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
Advent hope: leading others to Christ
In the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), Jesus sees Simon and his brother Andrew and calls to them to follow him, making them fish for people (or “fishers of men” as the old translations read).
In John’s Gospel, Andrew is one of two disciples who are called. He then introduces his brother Simon Peter to Jesus.
In a sense, then, Andrew is the first evangelist.
A call for hope – a call to peace
Micah the prophet (of whom we’ll hear more during this season), tells us that people of all nations will see the Lord’s house and will stream to it.
Through obedience to the law of God, peace and security will come: there will no longer be need for war.
They shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
and their spears into pruning-hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.
This is echoed in Revelation:
All nations will come and worship before you,
for your judgements have been revealed.
Even in these strange times, we are called to live in Advent hope and to witness to the light shining in the darkness.
Come, Lord Jesus
Music for reflection *
With the whole Church, we celebrate St Andrew (Apostle) and pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world:
- the people of Scotland
- those seeking to overturn injustice
- the Balkan states of Montenegro and Serbia
- farmers in Nigeria.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
that we may use opportunities to introduce others to Jesus.)
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.
who gave such grace to your apostle Andrew
that he readily obeyed the call of your Son, Jesus Christ:
give us, who are called by your holy Word,
the grace to follow him without delay,
and to be messengers of the good news of your kingdom;
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
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
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 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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