Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 25 May 2021
Praying at home today:
Divided by a common language
but united in Christ
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.
For just as the body is one and has many members,
and all the members of the body, though many, are one body,
so it is with Christ.
Sicut enim corpus unum est, et membra habet multa,
omnia autem membra corporis cum sint multa, unum tamen corpus sunt:
ita et Christus.
Le corps forme un tout mais a pourtant plusieurs organes,
et tous les organes du corps, malgré leur grand nombre, ne forment qu’un seul corps.
Il en va de même pour Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:12
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
The story of the tower of Babel (from whence “babble” takes its name) is a salutary reminder of how the human race is divided by language, as well as more damaging characteristics.
Indeed, even for people speaking the same language, confusion and misunderstandings can arise.
I think this contributes to my sense that it’s good to have at least a little knowledge of a number of languages (although I struggle with Cyrillic and haven’t a clue about Asian languages!).
This division between human beings is given fresh insight by the Apostle Paul when he speaks of Christ’s Body having many parts. Each with its own part to play, each contributes to the whole Body.
No one in the Church is insignificant; we all need one another.
And it’s the same with the human race.
Created in imago Dei, each one of us bears God’s likeness.
As Jim Wallis reminds us, this is why racial prejudice (and any other kind of prejudice and “othering”) is not only morally and politically wrong, it is sinful, as it writes off others who are equally daughters and sons of God, made in God’s image and likeness.
Christ in Crisis
Jesus took great pains (literally) to remind us of this:
Who is my neighbour?
Do not judge.
Let the little children come to me.
What are the greatest commandments?
Let us pray for the grace to recognise God’s image and likeness in every person we encounter today and every day, especially those we normally wouldn’t want to meet.
Music for reflection
As the Church of God celebrates the Venerable Bede of Wearmouth (735),
we pray at home today for the needs of our world.
- for the Church in England
- for the African peoples, the people of India and elsewhere so sorely besieged by COVID-19
- for refugees from lands affected by the climate emergency.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for those educating those who teach.)
For all who have asked for our prayers.
a moment of silence
Pray for us all
Prayer for Palestine and Israel
O God the creator of all life,
we bring before you all the people who call Israel and Palestine home.
We particularly remember those living in Jerusalem and Gaza
whose lives are marred by restrictions to their freedom,
the threat of eviction from their homes
and the constant fear of armed conflict.
We ask your forgiveness for the anger, hatred and violence
that all of us have the potential to carry within us.
We beseech you to soften hearts and open minds
so that the sanctity of life is always protected,
the right to freedom of worship upheld
and the security of a safe home defended.
We pray that justice will flow like rivers,
that human dignity will be respected
and that each of us may strive
to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with you our God.
Embrace the Middle East
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.
Pater noster, qui es in cælis;
sanctificetur 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 offenses,
comme nous pardonnons aussi à ceux qui nous ont offensés.
Et ne nous laisse pas entrer en 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.
O God, the King of Glory,
hear our prayer:
that as we believe your Son Jesus Christ
to be exalted with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven;
so also we may know his presence with us now,
and to the end of time;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
world without end.
Returning to the world
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
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
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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