Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 8 June 2021
Praying at home today:
The primordial elements in God’s plan of redemption
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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.
With the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord.
Et aedificavit de lapidibus altare in nomine Domini.
Avec ces pierres, il reconstruisit un autel au nom de l’Eternel.
1 Kings 18:32a
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
Our OT reading is the famous story of how Elijah gets one over the prophets of Baal.
It’s dramatic and not without humour. The false prophets are impotent, just like their god. No spontaneous combustion tricks!
Elijah makes his, or rather God’s victory even more impressive by soaking the offering in water with twelve jars of water, one for each of the stones, representing the twelve tribes of Israel.
As lightning strikes, all is caught up in the fire, even the water in the trenches (all four of the primordial elements appear in the story: earth, air, fire and water).
Living as we do, in a post-New-Testament era, we can recognise other images in these elements, especially the baptism of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. And the Book of Revelation shows us the image of a lake of fire.
Jim Wallis quotes Courtney Hall Lee, a black attorney and theologian, who speaks about the necessity of the truth as an essential part of Christianity (indeed also of Judaism as in the Ten Commandments). Liars are included in the list of those condemned to the lake “that burns with fire and [sulphur], which is the second death” (Revelation 21:18).
This is hardly surprising, given Jesus’ insistence on truth.
Let the altar we build to honour God be built on integrity and justice, which alone bring lasting peace.
Music for reflection
As the Church commemorates the life of Ephrem (Deacon & Teacher, 373),
we pray at home today for the needs of our world.
- That Christians may be open to the truth
- for politicians, that they act with integrity
- for all who care for our sick and lonely sisters and brothers.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for peace, relief & recovery in Syria.)
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, our hope and strength,
the source and end of all our prayers:
because our mortal nature is weak
we can do nothing good without your help;
support us with your grace,
that in keeping your commandments,
we may ever remain in your love;
through 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
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.
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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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