Praying at Home Today: Thursday 10 June 2021

Praying at Home Today: Thursday 10 June 2021

Praying at home today:
O happy fault, O necessary sin of Adam

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

By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
until you return to the ground.

In sudore vultus tui vesceris pane,
donec revertaris in terram.

C’est à la sueur de ton visage que tu mangeras du pain,
et ce jusqu’à ce que tu retournes à la terre.

Genesis 3:19

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

Every year, at the Easter Vigil, we listen to the Exultet with these glorious words:

O happy fault,
O necessary sin of Adam,
which gained for us so great a Redeemer!

Most blessed of all nights chosen by God
to see Christ rising from the dead!

Of this night scripture says:
“The night will be as clear as day:
it will become my light, my joy.”

“Adam lay ybounden”, originally titled Adam lay i-bowndyn, is a 15th-century macaronic English Christian text of unknown authorship. It relates the Biblical events of Genesis, Chapter 3 on the Fall of Man.

MS of Adam lay ybounden (GB-Lbm Sloane 2593, ff.10v-11)

MS of Adam lay ybounden (GB-Lbm Sloane 2593, ff.10v-11)

By Anonymous 15th Century scribe,
digitised by the British Library

Adam lay ybounden,
Bounden in a bond;
Four thousand winter
Thought he not too long.

And all was for an apple,
An apple that he took.
As clerkës finden written
In their book.

Ne had the apple taken been,
The apple taken been,
Ne had never Our Lady,
A-been heaven’s queen.

Blessed be the time
That apple taken was!
Therefore we may singen
Deo gratias!

Middle English
converted by Edith Rickert

So, even though the Fall of humankind was indeed grievous, with its resultant effect on labouring for food and shelter, yet it was a necessary part of our salvation.

It has been described as a “Fall upwards” (reminiscent of this year’s Holy T Lent Study book).

As Robert Verrill OP notes, “With Christ’s conquering of death, it is not simply a matter of things being restored to how they were before the Fall – much more has happened. God has freely given to humanity that which humanity originally tried to take by force. Because God became truly like us, and died and rose again for us, we now have the opportunity of becoming truly like him.”

Easter Sunday – O Happy Fault!

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Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

We pray at home today for the needs of our world.

  • for the families of the bereaved and injured staff of the Halo Trust
  • for those who are so desperate that they see violence as the only solution to their problems
  • for those who seek and strive for peace
  • for young people seeking a sense of purpose in their lives.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for all involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.)

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 Lord,
you always guide your people
whom you build up on the foundation of your love:
make us ever stand in awe of your Holy Name,
and love you in equal measure;
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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