Praying at Home Today: Thursday 31 December 2020
Praying at home today: seeking wisdom and purity of heart
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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.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. Everything’s optional!
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.
Jesus said, I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness
but will have the light of life.
Jesus dicens: Ego sum lux mundi:
qui sequitur me, non ambulat in tenebris,
sed habebit lumen vitae.
Jesus dit: Je suis la lumière du monde.
Celui qui me suit ne marchera pas dans les ténèbres,
mais il aura au contraire la lumière de la vie.
The Liturgy of the Word *
Solomon asks for Wisdom
As son of David, Solomon had a hard act to follow.
It would have been too easy to want riches and long life, indeed an easy life.
Yet Solomon had the humility to say that he was but a little child. He’d probably grown up not expecting to be king.
Then his brother Absalom was slain in battle: “how are the mighty fallen”.
Perhaps then, Solomon began to realise that his life was going to change.
So when God appeared to him at Gibeon and asked what he desired, he asked for an understanding mind to govern God’s people, able to discern between good and evil.
And God gave Solomon this gift, which he put to good use, along with the other things he hadn’t asked for.
As we come to the end of this very strange year, we can reflect on our own wisdom, the mistakes we’ve made and the good decisions we’ve made.
Step by step,
we journey towards the Kingdom.
Music for reflection *
On the eve of a new year, we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- for political, business and religious leaders
that they may seek to do what is right
- for the humble of the earth
- for President-elect Joe Biden.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for all who find this a stressful time of the year.)
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.
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!
In these strange times, we are called to trust
Praying at Home Today: Acknowledgements
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.