Praying at Home Today: Monday 11 January 2021
Praying at home today
for unity amongst Christians: that the world may believe
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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.
For the Lord hears the needy,
and does not despise God’s own that are in bonds.
Quoniam exaudivit pauperes Dominus,
et vinctos suos non despexit.
Car l’Eternel écoute les pauvres,
et il ne méprise pas les siens quand ils sont prisonniers.
Psalm 68 (69):33
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
Tribalism and otherness
The stories in Genesis and Romans both speak of Abraham and the sign of God’s covenant with him.
This is something that sets the people of Israel apart from their neighbours.
Otherness, I guess, is a human trait; by it, we know our identity, who we can trust, who we can’t trust.
Football teams, amongst others, perpetuate this tribalism among their fans, appealing to base instincts.
Churches are not immune from this tribalism; indeed, some actively support it.
The unity of Christians
And yet, we are called to break out of this tribalism and to see the unity to which Christ calls us.
To do so requires self-knowledge and an awareness of the dangers that we face and perhaps unwittingly promote.
The first few verses of today’s psalm express this rather well:
Save me, O God,
for the waters have come up to my neck.
I sink in deep mire,
where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
and the flood sweeps over me.
O God, you know my folly;
the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.
Psalm 68 (69):1-2,5
In the urgent call for Christian unity (as a catalyst and leaven for unity for the whole human family), we can remember that
the Lord hears the needy,
and does not despise God’s own that are in bonds.
The Jesus event is precisely about redeeming us from our iniquity and letting us experience the freedom of the children of God.
This is a freedom, not to do what we want, but one of service to the human family.
Music for reflection *
On this day, when we celebrate the life of David, King of Scots (1153), we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- for the unity of the Church
- that the Church may be a leaven in our world
- for a peaceful transition in the USA
- for hope.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for wise governance during the Covid-19 crisis.)
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.
who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
grant that we, being born again,
and made your children by adoption and grace,
may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit;
through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord,
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
There are several books by Brother Roger of the Taizé Community from many booksellers.
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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.
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