Praying at Home Today: Thursday 10 December 2020
Praying at home today: in the faith of Jesus, learned in his human family
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.
I will keep watch to see what God will say to me,
and what God will answer concerning my complaint.
Contemplabor ut videam quid dicatur mihi,
et quid respondeam ad arguentem me.
Je veux veiller pour voir ce que l’Eternel me dira
et ce que je répliquerai à mes reproches.
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
There’s an interesting variant in today’s New Testament reading, Philippians 3:9,
about the righteousness that comes through the faith of Christ.
This phrase might remind us of Christ’s own faith.
In his family home, he would have learned how to pray. And he would have been versed in the tradition of the law and the prophets.
This, of course, raises some thorny questions:
- to what extent did the boy Jesus understand his relationship with God?
- would he have needed to have been taught?
- who could have taught the Son of God?
Then there’s the event in the temple in Jerusalem, recorded in Luke’s gospel, in which the 12-year-old boy astounds the teachers by his wisdom and understanding.
Naturally, Mary and Joseph would have brought him up in the faith tradition of the Jewish people, fully aware of their descent from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, with whom God had made an everlasting covenant.
We can only surmise that as Jesus learned his faith, so he also grew in his relationship with his Father, whom he called ‘Abba’.
And this is the relationship that Jesus calls us to share today.
When you pray, say,
Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial.
Luke 11: 2-4
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 Church of God
that we may be one
- for the human family
that division and war may cease
- for healings in relationships
- for those who make our lives better.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Prime Minister Boris Johnson and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and their advisers.)
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.
Descriptions for the Advent art images can be found at the Art in the Christian Tradition image library, a service of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library. All of these images are available via Creative Commons 3.0 License.
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