Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 29 December 2020

Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 29 December 2020

Praying at home today: John, the beloved disciple, evangelist of the Word

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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.

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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

I will give you as a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.’

Ecce dedi te in lucem gentium,
ut sis salus mea usque ad extremum terrae.

Je t’établis pour être la lumière des nations,
pour apporter mon salut jusqu’aux extrémités de la terre.

Isaiah 49:6b

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

John the Evangelist

Holy Trinity, Stirling’s Prayer Diary entry for today simply says,
‘Love can jump more than two metres’.

I’ve been grappling with this phrase for several weeks since first reading it in the Magazine.

Naturally, the ‘two metres’ refers to our physical distancing, required to minimise the risks of aerosol infection.

And there’s something here about being spiritually connected despite our physical distancing.

physically-distant yet spiritually-together poster at Holy Trinity, Stirling

John, the Apostle of God’s Love

Thinking again about our Feast Day today, John tells us that 

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God…

…The Word became flesh
and dwelt among us,
full of grace and truth.

John 1: 1-18

This is such treasure: a powerful insight into the God who comes among us, sharing our life, so that we might share God’s life.

John goes on: in three letters to the early Christians, he stresses that ‘God is love’.

I have an image of the Apostle John in his wheelchair; at the age of 117 (or whatever age he was!), he is still insisting, as he has done his whole life, that ‘God is love’.

Even when he’s told that his sermons are boring, he still says ‘God is love’.

Nothing else matters.

‘Love can jump more than two metres’:
he leaps from heaven to earth
and back to heaven,
carrying the whole human race with him.


Music for reflection *

Prayer Suggestions

As the Church commemorates John (Apostle and Evangelist), we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:

  • with thanks for those who proclaim the Word of God
  • for people grappling with faith, taking tentative steps
  • for those who badly need a holiday
  • for those who help to keep us safe at this time.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
‘Love can jump more than two metres’.)

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

O God,
you make us glad with the yearly remembrance
of the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ:
grant that, as we joyfully receive him as our Saviour,
so we may with confidence behold him as he comes to be our Judge;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end.

Returning to the world

Verbum caro factum est.
Et habitavit in nobis. Alleluia!

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.

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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.

Music engraved by The Art of Music.


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