Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 9 June 2021

Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 9 June 2021

Praying at home today:
Hearing and doing

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.
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!
Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France

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.

Short reading

O dwellers in the dust, awake and sing for joy!
For your dew is a radiant dew,
and the earth will give birth to those long dead.

Expergiscimini, et laudate, qui habitatis in pulvere,
quia ros lucis ros tuus,
et terram gigantum detrahes in ruinam.

Réveillez-vous et exprimez votre joie, vous qui êtes couchés dans la poussière!
Oui, ta rosée est une rosée vivifiante
et la terre redonnera le jour aux défunts.

Isaiah 26:19

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

Short Reflection

We read about the strong man in his castle again (last Sunday it was Mark’s account; today it’s Luke’s).

The story continues with a warning that simply driving out an evil spirit is inadequate if nothing good takes its place.

Nature abhors a vacuum. And so it is with the human spirit. Jesus tells us that a displaced evil spirit, on not finding somewhere else to go, will return with reinforcements.

Someone who has been afflicted by an evil spirit (and these take many forms) will need support so that they can truly be healed and restored to wholeness of life.

Blessed are those who hear and do

Luke joins this scene to the one of the woman who cries out in praise of Jesus’ mother. Jesus tells the woman that although that may well be the case, rather it is those who hear the word and obey it who are blessed.

This isn’t a slight on his mother (or self-deprecating), of course, but an affirmation that hearing and doing is more important than simply being part of a family.

In one sense, it doesn’t matter where we are conceived or who our parents are – of course this matters! – what is significant is what we do with our lives.

So it’s down to our own individual decisions, what we choose to do with our lives, how we will respond to the challenges that life throws at us, how we treat others.

For those who do this, Isaiah’s prophecy will ring true:

Your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise.
O dwellers in the dust,
awake and sing for joy!

For your dew is a radiant dew,
and the earth will give birth
to those long dead. 

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Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

As the Church commemorates the life and witness of Columba of Iona (Abbot, 597),
we pray at home today for the needs of our world.

  • for the Iona Community, reopened this week
    and for those who contributed to its appeal
  • for the Community’s work of healing and reconciliation.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the Mission of the Iona Community.)

For all who have asked for our prayers.

a moment of silence

Pray for us all
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.

L’Église Catholique de Paris

Concluding prayer

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.
Amen.

Returning to the world

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Benedicamus Domino.
Deo gratias.

Thank you for joining us in praying at home.
Oremus pro invicem.

In these strange times, we are called to trust

Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France
* You can find more organ music from Holy Trinity Church, Stirling
on Alistair Warwick‘s website and on SoundCloud

There are several books by Brother Roger of the Taizé Community from many booksellers.

You can buy The Complete Chronicles of Narnia at Bookshop.org

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.

Images, unless otherwise stated, are from lockdown in Scotland, by Alistair Warwick.

Music engraved by The Art of Music.

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