Praying at Home Today: Friday 25 June 2021
Praying at home today:
quietly for the Lord to save
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.
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.
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.
O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.
Domine Deus meus, clamavi ad te, et sanasti me.
Domine, eduxisti ab inferno animam meam;
salvasti me a descendentibus in lacum.
Eternel, mon Dieu, j’ai crié à toi, et tu m’as guéri.
Eternel, tu as fait remonter mon âme du séjour des morts,
tu m’as fait revivre loin de ceux qui descendent dans la tombe.
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
The readings from Thursday to Saturday help to prepare us for the readings at our Sunday Eucharist.
In a sense, these readings help to prepare the soil for the seed that is planted at the Eucharist when the Church gathers to do what Jesus did, and which the Church has done week in, week out, ever since that day in the fourth decade of the first century CE.
Sunday’s canticle (in the related readings cycle) is also from Lamentations, when we will hear the wonderful words:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
God’s mercies never come to an end.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
The book of Lamentations itself consists of five hymns, acrostic dirges, giving a vivid description of the fall of Jerusalem in 587BCE.
Today’s excerpt shows that all has gone wrong for them as the enemy overruns them, with death and destruction on every side.
Everything looked bleak for the people of Israel.
And yet there is light in the darkness:
It is good that one should wait
quietly for the Lord to save.
When we are faced with devastation, then we can have confidence that God is with us.
Music for reflection
As we celebrate Moluag of Lismore (Bishop, c592),
we pray at home today for the needs of our world.
- for Peter Moger, Priest-in-Charge of St Moluag’s, Eoropaidh
and St Peter’s Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland
- for policymakers and planners
- for ordinands and others preparing for ministry
- for peace and justice throughout the world.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Bishop Keith of Argyll & the Isles.)
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.
the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing can be whole and nothing can be holy:
increase your mercy towards us,
that, with you as our ruler and guide,
we may so enjoy the good things of time,
as not to lose the things of eternity;
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
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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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