Praying at Home Today: Thursday 15 July 2021

Praying at Home Today: Thursday 15 July 2021

Praying at home today:
Through Mary's "yes", we experience the living presence of God

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

For in Jesus Christ all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
and through him God was pleased to reconcile to God’s self all things,
whether on earth or in heaven,
by making peace through the blood of his cross.

Quia in ipso complacuit, omnem plenitudinem inhabitare:
et per eum reconciliare omnia in ipsum,
pacificans per sanguinem crucis ejus,
sive quae in terris, sive quae in caelis sunt.

En effet, Dieu a voulu que toute sa plénitude habite en lui.
Il a voulu par Christ tout réconcilier avec lui-même,
aussi bien ce qui est sur la terre que ce qui est dans le ciel,
en faisant la paix à travers lui, par son sang versé sur la croix.

Colossians 1:19f

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

Our readings draw attention to the difference between the idols that Israel was constantly drawn to worship and Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh.

Made by human hands from natural elements such as wood, silver and gold – no matter how beautifully made, no matter the devotion paid to their creation – idols cannot walk, they cannot talk, they cannot save us.

Conversely, God enters into our world solely (in human terms) by the willing “fiat” of a teenage girl, Mary (or Miriam). No statue, she is the living embodiment of one who walks and speaks, and from her, we experience the living presence of God.

Truly God has made habitation among us, pitching the tent, living and sharing our lives.

In Jesus Christ,
God reconciles all things to God’s self,
and we, who were once estranged from God,
are now reconciled to God
through the blood of the cross.

Through the prayers of Paul,
a servant of the Gospel,
may we joyfully acclaim:

Verbum caro factum est.
Et habitavit in nobis.

Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

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

  • for all affected by rising levels of infection
  • for peace and stability in South Africa, the South China Sea
    and the Middle East
  • for all seeking justice.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Robert Nellist, our Treasurer and Diocesan PVG Officer.)

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 God of power and might,
all good things belong to you:
sow in our hearts the love of your name,
and make us grow in the life of faith;
nurture the things that are good,
and tend them with your loving care;
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 8

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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