Praying at Home Today: Friday 28 May 2021
Praying at home today:
Isaiah’s vision of an end to war and division
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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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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.
They shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
and their spears into pruning-hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.
Et conflabunt gladios suos in vomeres,
et lanceas suas in falces.
Non levabit gens contra gentem gladium,
nec exercebuntur ultra ad praelium.
Ceux-ci mettront en pièces leurs épées pour en faire des socs de charrue,
et leurs lances pour en faire des serpes.
Aucune nation ne prendra plus les armes contre une autre
et l’on n’apprendra plus à faire la guerre.
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
We continue reading from the Book of Isaiah today. The first of three writers for this book, the prophet is speaking of the future glory of Jerusalem.
William Neil notes that all of the later OT prophets from Isaiah onwards were deadly serious about what they said; all claimed to be speaking on behalf of God.
For none of them was this activity merely a reflective study; indeed, it was “something to be proclaimed, defended and fought for in the political and social stresses of [their] day. ‘Keeping politics out of the pulpit’ was the last thing any prophet ever dreamt of doing.”
One Volume Bible Commentary, p.247
So when Isaiah speaks of nations not lifting up sword against nation nor learning war anymore, this was no mere fantastical rhetoric but a vision of how the earth could and will be, full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
And our task today is to further that work, to fight for peace and justice, to condemn tyranny by shameless governments and corporations.
True peace can only come through justice, in which each and every human being, regardless of age, colour, sex, sexual orientation, tribe and race is accepted and cherished as being made in the image of God.
When, through the power of Pentecost, human beings recognise each other as being made in God’s image and likeness, then war will cease:
swords will be beaten into ploughshares
and spears into pruning-hooks;
nations shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.
Music for reflection
We pray at home today for the needs of our world.
- for prisoners of conscience
and those unjustly deprived of their liberty
- for foster parents
the children entrusted to them
and their siblings
- for the embattled people of Tigray, Ethiopia
- for refugees from lands affected by the climate emergency.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Amnesty International, founded in London sixty years ago.)
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
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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.
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