Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 22 December 2020
Praying at home today: O Adonai – the God who calls us to cooperate in mending lives
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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.
God’s mercy is for those who fear the Lord
from generation to generation.
Et misericordia ejus a progenie in progenies
Et sa bonté s’étend de génération en génération
sur ceux qui le craignent.
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
Advent hope: O Adonai
This is a curious phrase. It’s very formal.
Yet it is a way of speaking of God without using God’s name.
The Jewish people had several names for God. One of these was considered so holy that they would not pronounce it.
This doesn’t seem to have affected Christians so much, who use the name ‘Jehovah’ or, perhaps more accurately ‘Yahweh’, with less restraint.
Indeed there are some hymns and songs that use this word all too easily. Perhaps we should have greater respect for God’s name.
The Burning Bush
The bush that burnt but was not consumed is symbolic of God’s power to save:
I have witnessed the suffering of my people.
Moses is afraid; he’s even more afraid when he realises that God is sending him to do something about this suffering.
So, although Adonai, the Lord, is a strange term, one that avoids the temptation to say God’s name in vain, it reminds us that God is coming to save us – and, essentially, to send us to do the mending in whatever in our lives needs healing.
We are called to co-operate, to work with God, in God’s mission to redeem the human family.
O Adonai, and Leader of the house of Israel,
who appeared to Moses
in the flame of the burning bush,
and gave him the Law on Sinai:
come and with an outstretched arm
Music for reflection *
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- that we may acknowledge the Lordship of God in our lives
- for all in authority that they may exercise power with restraint and justice
- for the Brexit negotiators
- for those who are lonely.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Robert Nellist our Treasurer and Diocesan PVG Officer.)
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 your power, Lord, and come:
and strengthen us by the might of your love;
that, although we are hindered by our sins,
your abundant grace and mercy may quickly come and save us;
for you live and reign with the Father,
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.
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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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