Praying at Home Today: Saturday 12 June 2021

Praying at Home Today: Saturday 12 June 2021

Praying at home today:
The mystery of God's love

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

To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God,
but for those outside, everything comes in parables.

Vobis datum est nosse mysterium regni Dei:
illis autem, qui foris sunt, in parabolis omnia fiunt

C’est à vous qu’il a été donné de connaître le mystère du royaume de Dieu,
mais pour ceux qui sont à l’extérieur tout est présenté en paraboles

Mark 4:11

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

Yet more bloodthirsty battles in the Old Testament reading. I despair!

And what’s even more confusing is that Amaziah, King of Judah “did what is right in the sight of the Lord” and yet he didn’t do what is right etc., as he failed to overturn the high places where the idolatrous worship took place.

He then promptly dispatched 10,000 Edomites (despite them being distant relatives, as descendants of Esau!) at Jokthe-el (literally “God subdued”), before being soundly beaten in battle by Jehoash (“YHWH has given”), King of Israel, not to be confused with the homonymous King of Judah.

Phew! It’s quite a mystery to me why they had to keep being at war with each other.

But that’s the way of the human race: so slow to learn.

Bishop John Skinner

John Skinner was one of the three Scottish bishops to consecrate Samuel Seabury, an American Episcopal priest, as a bishop on 14 November, 1784 (thereby hangs a tale).

A condition of Seabury’s consecration as bishop was that he study the Scottish rite of Holy Communion and work for its adoption, rather than the English rite of 1662.

The Scottish liturgy, unlike the English, included the notion of invocation of the Holy Spirit (epiklesis), anamnesis and offering in the Eucharistic Prayer, in line with Catholic and Orthodox liturgies. 

To the present day, the American liturgy adheres to the main features of this rite in one of its Holy Eucharist liturgies.

May we, who celebrate the Eucharist Sunday by Sunday, hold fast to that mystery of faith given to us by Jesus himself and grow ever closer in the one Body of Christ.

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Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

As the Church celebrates the life and work of John Skinner (Bishop, 1816),
we pray at home today for the needs of our world.

  • for the Church in Aberdeen
    and the Episcopal Church in the USA
  • for all who work today to abolish slavery of all kinds
  • for the delegates to the G7 Summit
    that they may do what is good for the whole earth.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Bishop Anne Dyer of Aberdeen & Orkney
and for the ministry of the Stirling Street Pastors.)

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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