Praying at Home Today: Saturday 26 June 2021
Praying at home today:
God’s saving act that makes us one
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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.
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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.
Pour out your heart like water
before the presence of the Lord!
Effunde sicut aquam cor tuum
ante conspectum Domini.
Déverse ton cœur comme de l’eau
devant le Seigneur!
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
Our OT and NT readings have opposite instructions.
In the reading from Lamentations, the prophet urges the people to pour out their hearts to God, to let everything pour forth like water.
In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus tells the unclean spirits to be silent, he muzzles them.
As the Pulpit Commentary notes,
This man, with his evil spirit, would have been looked on as unclean, and would not have been admitted within the synagogue walls; he had probably crept in unseen.
Something in the nearness to the holy Teacher we know compelled the demon to cry aloud.
It is strange, this presence of God causing pain. It is the impossibility of the wounded eye bearing light.
The cry rendered, “Let us alone,” is scarcely the imperative of ἐάω, but an interjection, possibly the Greek reproduction of the Hebrew אֲהָהּ, ah! woe!
There was evidently some deeper degree of misery possible for the unhappy spirit; hence its “Art thou come to destroy us?”
The same dread appears in the case of the Gadarene demoniac (Mark 5:7; Matthew 8:29), where the spirits dreaded being driven into the deep, where such spirits await the judgment, that abyss, literally, “the bottomless place;” any doom seemed to these lost ones preferable to that.
Ultimately, this is a question of authority: the people in Capernaum
were astounded at his teaching,
because he spoke with authority.
and they remarked to one another:
What kind of utterance is this?
For with authority and power
he commands the unclean spirits,
and out they come!’
And a report about him began
to reach every place in the region.
Both attitudes are right, or course; there is no contradiction.
The response to redemption is tell others about this
saving act that makes us one.
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Music for reflection
As we celebrate Robert Leighton (Bishop, 1684),
we pray at home today for the needs of our world.
- for the people of Dunblane, where Robert Leighton was Bishop
- for the staff of the Leighton Museum
- for all who help to communicate truth and beauty.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the ‘Magazine Team’
and for the mental health of people of all ages.)
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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on Alistair Warwick‘s website and on SoundCloud
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Other worship resources
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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