Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 16 December 2020
Praying at home today: looking toward the light
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.
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.
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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.
But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise,
with healing in its wings.
Et orietur vobis timentibus nomen meum sol justitiae,
et sanitas in pennis ejus.
Mais pour vous qui craignez mon nomen
le soleil de justice se lèvera.
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
We’ve been hearing a lot about Elijah in the last few days, following on from Sunday’s Gospel reading, in which John the Baptist denied being Elijah.
He was, he said, a voice the cries in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord”.
He is the forerunner, pointing the way to the Sun of Righteousness, the one who comes with healing in his wings.
Peter, James and John witnessed this on the mountain, when Jesus was transfigured.
From time to time, we may catch glimpses of this glory, and these can help us on our journey to the time when we will see the Lord face to face.
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 *
On this Ember Day, we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world:
- for all who need healing
- for those preparing for ministry
- for the Brexit negotiators
- for those facing new restrictions due to the increasing spread of infection of the coronavirus.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the Scottish Episcopal Institute.)
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 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
* 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 Bookshop.org
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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