Praying at Home Today: Thursday 3 December 2020
Praying at home today: steadfast love, not sacrifice
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.
Come, let us return to the Lord
that we may live before God.
Venite, et revertamur ad Dominum
et vivemus in conspectu ejus.
Venez, retournons à l’Eternel
et nous vivrons devant lui.
The Liturgy of the Word *
One link to all three readings
Separate links to each reading
Today we celebrate the life of Francis Xavier, a Catholic priest from Navarre in the Basque Country.
In 1540, together with Ignatius Loyola and five others, he co-founded the Society of Jesus, part of the Catholic Church’s response to the essential need for the Protestant Reformation.
What we understand now to be a bi-fold Reformation – Protestant and Catholic – was the desire to strip away everything that gets in the way of the Christian response to God’s loving call: to live before God.
So often, as the prophet Hosea says, our
love is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that goes away early.
God desires steadfast love, not sacrifice.
As we saw yesterday, T S Eliot visited the rebuilt chapel at Little Gidding, near Cambridge, and his poem portrays with great intensity the call to prayer, to life before God.
The lines before those quoted yesterday read,
If you came this way,
Taking any route, starting from anywhere,
At any time or at any season,
It would always be the same:
you would have to put off
Sense and notion.
You are not here to verify,
Instruct yourself, or inform curiosity
Or carry report.
You are here to kneel
Where prayer has been valid…
(Four Quartets, 1935-1942)
We’ll explore a bit more of this over the coming days and weeks.
Come, Lord Jesus
Music for reflection *
As the Church celebrates Francis Xavier (1552), we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world:
- for the Church in Goa, India and Japan
- for the Society of Jesus, especially the St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre, in North Wales
- for all who offer refreshment to travellers
- for scientists developing vaccines.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for those using these Praying at Home worship resources.)
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.
Stir up our hearts, Lord,
to prepare the way of your only-begotten Son:
that, in his coming,
we might serve you with our hearts made pure;
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!
In these strange times, we are called to trust
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.