Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 28 July 2021
Praying at home today:
A feast for all peoples
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.
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-matured wines,
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-matured wines strained clear.
Et faciet Dominus exercituum omnibus populis in monte hoc
convivium pinguium, convivium vindemiae,
pinguium medullatorum, vindemiae defaecatae.
Sur cette montagne, l’Eternel, le maître de l’univers, prépare pour tous les peuples
un festin de plats succulents, un festin de bons vins,
de plats succulents, pleins de moelle, de bons vins clarifiés.
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
Isaiah’s prophecy speaks to us of a future when the children of God will be at peace, with fulfilled lives.
It’s not just that we will be fed and watered, even though there’s plenty of that to spare; what is offered are rich foods and the most tasteful of wines: truly satisfying gifts.
St Paul tells us, however, that we may need to start off with food appropriate for infants, and this reminds us that we are on a journey in faith.
Even if we were to have a profound religious experience, a Damascene event as Paul did, we would still need to grow in our trust and confidence in God. Our human nature can’t take radical, immediate change.
And this is a great source of encouragement for us. We’re not expected to be at our destination right away; it takes time (a lifetime) and commitment.
It takes time to allow God to strip away all that keeps us from God and from one another (see the story of Eustace the dragon in CS Lewis’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader).
And, of course, this is kairos, καιρος, God’s time!
The other vitally important aspect we need to note from today’s Short Reading is that this feast (prefigured in the Holy Eucharist) is for all peoples.
Truly, this is universal salvation: God wills all to be saved. Alleluia.
Music for reflection
We continue our journey in faith today:
- that we may care for our fragile planet
- for fragile democracies
- for fragile mental health
- for those who show great strength and perseverance
- for all who inspire us.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
that there are no hindrances to vaccines reaching worldwide.)
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
There are several books by Brother Roger of the Taizé Community from many booksellers.
Other worship resources
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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