Praying at Home Today: Saturday 19 December 2020
Praying at home today: O Oriens : not shrinking from seeing how bad things really are
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.
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 some asked, ‘Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he?
Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David
and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?’
So there was a division in the crowd because of him.
Quidam autem dicebant: Numquid a Galilaea venit Christus?
nonne Scriptura dicit: Quia ex semine David,
et de Bethlehem castello, ubi erat David, venit Christus?
Dissensio itaque facta est in turba propter eum.
Mais d’autres disaient: «Est-ce bien de la Galilée que doit venir le Messie?
L’Ecriture ne dit-elle pas que c’est de la descendance de David
et du village de Bethléhem où était David que le Messie doit venir?»
Il y eut donc, à cause de lui, division parmi la foule.
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
O Radiant Dawn,
splendour of eternal light, sun of justice:
Come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.
Theodora Hawksley reminds us that
Advent hope begins
with a long, hard look into the darkness,
a look that, like the prophet Isaiah,
does not shrink from seeing how bad things really are.
The purpose of this exercise
is not to depress ourselves into inertia:
it is to purify our hope.
Come, Lord Jesus
Music for reflection *
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world:
- for those who live in darkness and the shadow of death
- with thanks for the gift of hope
- for those who care for children or vulnerable adults
- for teachers and students
- for the Brexit negotiators.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Helen Kemp, Safeguarding and PVG Coordinator at Holy Trinity
and that generous giving to charities and those in great need is sustained.)
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
There are several books by Brother Roger of the Taizé Community from many booksellers.
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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