Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 2 December 2020

Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 2 December 2020

Praying at home today: the daily round of prayer

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A warm welcome to, 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.

Short reading

Every day he was teaching in the temple,
and at night he would go out and spend the night on the Mount of Olives, as it was called.

Erat autem diebus docens in templo:
noctibus vero exiens, morabatur in monte qui vocatur Oliveti.

Pendant la journée, Jésus enseignait dans le temple,
et il allait passer la nuit à la colline appelée mont des Oliviers.

Luke 21:37

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

Advent hope

Jesus, who leads by example,
tells us to watch, to be alert at all times:

Be on guard so that your hearts
are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness
and the worries of this life,
and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap.

We celebrate today Nicholas Ferrar, a deacon in the Church of England in the 17th century.

His family bought the manor at Little Gidding, near Cambridge and they set to restoring prayer in the church, which had been abandoned.

Influenced by the Benedictine round of prayer several times a day, he established a regular round of prayer, combined with a generous provision and education for the local children.

Little Gidding & T S Eliot

A highly significant visitor to Little Gidding was the poet T S Eliot, author of the eponymous poem. It’s worth seeing some of the pictures on the church website when you’ve read the poem.

Included in the poem Little Gidding (Four Quartets, 1935-1942) are the following lines:

You are here to kneel
Where prayer has been valid.
And prayer is more
Than an order of words.

Even when we feel empty,
we can recall that prayer has been more
than just a repetition of words
(though that repetition in itself can help to root us)
and equally that it has been valid, authentic,
both in our churches and in our hearts.

Come, Lord Jesus


Music for reflection *

Prayer Suggestions

As the Church celebrates Nicholas Ferrar (Deacon, 1637), we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world:

  • for all who keep the commitment of daily prayer
    including the Lay Community of St Benedict
  • for teachers and support workers in schools, colleges and universities
    and for those they teach.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for those nursing Covid-19 patients.)

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.

Concluding prayer

Stir up your power, Lord, and come:
that, with you as our protector,
we may be rescued from our sins;
and with you as our deliverer,
we may be set free;
for you live and reign with God the Father,
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

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

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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