Praying at Home Today: Friday 18 June 2021

Praying at Home Today: Friday 18 June 2021

Praying at home today:
The Lord's will be done

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

Terrors are turned upon me;
my honour is pursued as by the wind,
and my prosperity has passed away like a cloud.

Redactus sum in nihilum:
abstulisti quasi ventus desiderium meum,
et velut nubes pertransiit salus mea.

Des terreurs m’assaillent.
Ma dignité est emportée comme par le vent,
ma prospérité s’en va comme un nuage.

Job 30:15

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

While the English and French translations speak of terrors assailing Job, the Latin text of our Short Reading reads “I am reduced to nothing”.

Ultimately, I suppose, it comes to the same thing for Job.

His is the archetypal story of goodness being repaid badly.

Everything has gone wrong for poor Job; he’s lost everything and even his friends turn on him, mocking him for believing that God will prevail.

Not that he doesn’t have moments of doubt, of course (or rather extended periods of doubt).

Indeed, Job feels that he can hold God to account for what is happening to him.

On Sunday, we will hear God’s right of reply. Until then, we’re living with Job’s agonies.

There’s not much to be comforted in and perhaps it’s good that we experience for ourselves something of Job’s trials and tribulations.

Paul in Caesarea

Paul, in our New Testament reading, doesn’t have things much better.

The prophet Agabus, in a time-honoured prophetic mime, takes Paul’s belt and binds his own hands and feet, telling the Apostle that he will be bound and handed over to his enemies.

When his companions tried to persuade him from going to Jerusalem, Paul told them that he was ready to go there and indeed to die.

With that response, and seeing that Paul wouldn’t be deterred,

we remained silent except to say,
‘The Lord’s will be done.’ 

Perhaps these are wise words for us too.

Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

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

  • for the depressed and the bored
  • for children with serious illness,
    for their siblings and parents
  • for refugees and political prisoners.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the Stirling Fire & Rescue Service.)

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,
in your mercy hear our prayers:
and as you give us the desire to pray,
grant us your help and protection;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end.
Amen.

Pentecost 4

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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