Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 9 December 2020
Praying at home today: tracing the way – spiritual dimensions of the World’s religions
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.
Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us?
Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our ancestors?
Numquid non pater unus omnium nostrum? numquid non Deus unus creavit nos?
Quare ergo despicit unusquisque nostrum fratrem suum, violans pactum patrum nostrorum?
N’avons-nous pas tous un seul père? N’est-ce pas un seul Dieu qui nous a créés?
Pourquoi donc sommes-nous infidèles l’un envers l’autre en violant l’alliance de nos ancêtres?
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
Yesterday we thought about Mary, the mother of the Lord, and her conception
and how she was from the shoot of Jesse.
It’s easy to forget that both Mary and Jesus were Jews and part of the people with whom God had made a covenant.
And when we go further back in the history of Israel, we see another race, that which became Islam.
All three religions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity, are People of the Book.
Both Mary and Jesus are highly respected by Muslims.
We have more in common than what divides us (despite the fanaticism by hardliners who would seek to divide us).
The paradox of universal salvation
with the role of Jesus as sole mediator
Theologians have long grappled with the apparent paradox of Jesus as the way, the truth and the life,
contrasted with God’s universal salvation,
the raising up of all humanity
to share in God’s life.
Some solutions, like Karl Rahner’s “Anonymous Christians”
can come across as patronising and insulting to other religions.
Indeed the Churches have latterly recognised that there are many pathways to God.
Again, I come back to that scene in CS Lewis’s The Last Battle, the last of the Narnia stories, where Emeth, the Calormene soldier who has always served Tash, is assured by Aslan that any good he did in the name of Tash was ultimately for Aslan
(and conversely, any evil done in Aslan’s name is ultimately done for Tash).
So let’s not limit God’s saving action!
On the shoot of Jesse, a winter rose is springing:
born of Mary,
born of her parents
(traditionally named as Anne and Joachim),
children of Abraham.
Come, Lord Jesus
Music for reflection *
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world:
- for the leaders of the world’s religions
and for their people
- for greater acceptance of those who are different from us
- for Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, India, suffering from the outbreak of an unidentified disease affecting children and adults
- for businesses worried about the effects of Brexit and the pandemic
and their vulnerable workers.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for HM Queen Elizabeth & HRH Prince Philip.)
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!
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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