Praying at Home Today: Monday 19 July 2021
Praying at home today:
Blessing from the God of peace to make us complete
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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.
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.
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.
Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,
make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will,
working among us that which is pleasing in his sight,
through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Deus autem pacis, qui eduxit de mortuis pastorem magnum ovium,
in sanguine testamenti aeterni, Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum,
aptet vos in omni bono, ut faciatis ejus voluntatem:
faciens in vobis quod placeat coram se
per Jesum Christum: cui est gloria in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Le Dieu de la paix a ramené d’entre les morts notre Seigneur Jésus,
devenu le grand berger des brebis grâce au sang d’une alliance éternelle.
Qu’il vous rende capables de toute bonne œuvre pour l’accomplissement de sa volonté,
qu’il fasse en vous ce qui lui est agréable
par Jésus-Christ, à qui soit la gloire aux siècles des siècles! Amen!
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
We often hear the words of today’s Short Reading, as part of the Blessing at the end of the Eucharist celebrated in Ordinary Time (the Sundays after Epiphany and the Sundays after Pentecost).
As part of the conclusion of the anonymous letter to the Hebrews, it is addressed to the 1st-century AD Jewish faithful. It is also of relevance to us today as it seeks to expound a theology of redemption.
In essence, it contains a summary of Christian belief:
- a God of peace
- who restores Jesus to life
- Jesus the shepherd, who sacrifices his life for wayward sheep
- an exhortation that we may become complete in goodness
- doing God’s will – what is pleasing in God’s sight
- collaborating with each other
- and all this through Jesus, our Redeemer, to whom eternal praise is due.
Theology and doxology (God-talk and praise-talk) meet together in this succinct statement.
As always with the liturgy (and indeed with God’s word), there is much to ponder on!
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Music for reflection
We pray at home today for the needs of our world.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the fellowship of the Tiny Tots Café.)
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.
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.
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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