Praying at Home Today: Monday 28 June 2021
Praying at home today:
For all who serve us in the Church
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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.
O Lord, God of my salvation,
when, at night, I cry out in your presence,
let my prayer come before you;
incline your ear to my cry.
Domine, Deus salutis meae,
in die clamavi et nocte coram te.
Intret in conspectu tuo oratio mea,
inclina aurem tuam ad precem meam.
Eternel, Dieu de mon salut,
jour et nuit je crie devant toi.
Que ma prière parvienne jusqu’à toi!
Prête l’oreille à mes supplications
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
I read yesterday of a proposal to put to the Church of England’s General Synod a motion that the term “Reverend” should be abandoned as a title for clergy.
Coming from the verb, to be revered, this term adds a certain dimension to those who are called to public ministry in the Church.
The Reverend, Right Reverend, Most Reverend (Slightly Reverend?), etc. etc., the list seems to go on and on.
This motion is an interesting idea, even if it’s unlikely to get anywhere in the Established Church of England.
The term Reverend distinguishes the clergy from the laity and arguably demonstrates the need for appropriate behaviour from those called to this ministry within the Church.
This “setting aside” is certainly reflected in today’s rather strange reading from an equally strange book, Leviticus.
Nevertheless, for me, there are difficulties raised in such titles (indeed, Jesus warned about such things).
There is an inherent danger in putting people on pedestals; yes, they can be admired for all sorts of attributes but they can also be pilloried. It’s easy to attack someone when they’re “other” than us.
If I had a vote at Synod, how would I vote?
I leave you to guess that!
Meanwhile, pray for our ministers and priests.
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Music for reflection
As we celebrate the life and mission of Irenaeus of Lyon (Bishop and Teacher, 202),
we pray at home today for the needs of our world.
- for catechists and all who teach the faith
- for theologians who seek to discern the meaning of God’s word for today
- for the Church in Lyon,
its Cathedral of St John the Baptist
and the wider Church in France
- and all called to ministry in the Church.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for The Revd Val Nellist.)
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
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.
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