Praying at Home Today: Monday 14 June 2021
Praying at home today:
Joined to the vine
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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.
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God for ever and ever.
Ego autem, sicut oliva fructifera in domo Dei;
speravi in misericordia Dei, in aeternum et in saeculum saeculi.
Mais moi, je suis pareil à un olivier verdoyant dans la maison de Dieu,
je me confie dans la bonté de Dieu pour toujours et à perpétuité.
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 read again today about the mighty cedars of Lebanon, so beautifully presented by Ezekiel in Sunday’s OT reading.
With fair branches and forest shade,
and of great height,
its top [was] among the clouds.
It was beautiful in its greatness,
in the length of its branches;
for its roots went down
to abundant water.
Indeed, “the cedars in the garden of God could not rival it”.
But we read that the cedar, identified as the Assyrian Empire in verse 3, despite its greatness and beauty, was undermined by its own pride and felled by other nations, brought low and destroyed.
Our short reading, from Psalm 51(52), speaks of being
a green olive tree in the house of God.
This reminds me of Jesus, saying that he is the true vine and that to live we need to be joined to the vine.
Indeed, although the house of Israel formed the original branches, we, who were outside the Law, are now grafted onto that vine through Jesus’ all-embracing love for humankind.
With the Psalmist, we can sing:
I trust in the steadfast love of God for ever and ever.
Music for reflection
We pray at home today for the needs of our world.
- for refugees and political prisoners
- for organisations working to alleviate poverty
- for the Rohingya refugees, now homeless following the fire in New Delhi
and for those who opened their doors and hearts to them
- for peace in Israel and Palestine, as the Israeli government changes.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for all affected by Refugee Week, which begins today.)
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.
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.
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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