Praying at Home Today: Monday 14 December 2020

Praying at Home Today: Monday 14 December 2020

Praying at home today: Before whom I stand – returning to the source of our vision and mission

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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.

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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

Elijah said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand,
I will surely show myself to him today.”

Et dixit Elias: Vivit Dominus exercituum, ante cujus vultum sto,
quia hodie apparebo ei.

Elie répondit: «L’Eternel, le maître de l’univers, dont je suis le serviteur est vivant!
Aujourd’hui je vais me présenter devant Achab.»

1 Kings 18:15

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
Before whom I stand

These strange words appear in our Old Testament reading.

If you’ve sung or heard Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’ you may recall the opening when the prophet says,

As the Lord God of Israel lives,
before whom I stand,
there shall not be dew or rain these years,
except at my word.”

1 Kings 17:1

This was part of the delivery of unwanted news to the king.

To be in relationship with God “Before whom I stand” is to recognise one’s servanthood.

This phrase occurs several times in the Hebrew Bible.

Latterly, Elijah is told to

Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.

1 Kings 19:11

There “standing before the Lord” Elijah receives a fresh vision of God and a new assignment to serve God.

It’s important to note that this servanthood still has dignity; the prophet (as are we) is not on his knees; he is standing in God’s presence.

As Wayne W Bos. notes, “We serve our Master just as these two prophets did. When we face opposition throughout our lives, we must return to our living God and reaffirm the same conviction of God being the one “before whom I stand.” There we will find our strength and vision to walk faithfully as they did.”

Wayne W. Bos

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

icon of Dorothy Day with Homeless Christ
Dorothy Day with Homeless Christ, Kelly Latimore


Music for reflection *

Prayer Suggestions

As the Church celebrates John of the Cross (Priest, 1591),
we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world:

  • with John of the Cross, we pray for those who are experiencing the ‘Dark Night of the Soul’;
    that they may be encouraged by the labyrinth,
    which reminds us that the closer we are to God,
    the further away we may feel
  • for spiritual directors and all who guide us in our journey in faith
  • for catechumens and enquirers
  • for peace in our world.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the Revd Graham Willey.)

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 our prayers, Lord, and hear us:
that they who are sorrowful and suffering
may rejoice at the Advent of your only-begotten Son;
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

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 is taken from the Vanderbilt Divinity Library.

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.
Music engraved by The Art of Music.


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