Praying at Home Today: Friday 30 July 2021
Praying at home today:
To be community, as Christ’s beloved disciples,
and servants to one another
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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.
God rained down on them manna to eat,
and gave them the grain of heaven.
Et Dominus pluit illis manna ad manducandum,
et panem caeli dedit eis.
L’Eternel a fait pleuvoir sur eux de la manne comme nourriture,
il leur a donné le pain du ciel.
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 Old Testament reading comes immediately before the Passover before the Israelites left Egypt.
A final meal, this was to prove an event of such magnitude that thousands of years later, their descendants still celebrate it as though they were present. It’s not something that their ancestors experienced; it is happening to them now.
It is a telescoping of history.
In a similar way, for Christians the Last Supper and the events surrounding Jesus’ crucifixion are made present here and now as we celebrate the Holy Eucharist.
We are those disciples, Jesus is our brother and our Lord, the one who gives his life for us.
It is the significance of this event that makes Paul so direct with the Church in Corinth, where people were turning up to the Eucharistic celebration and eating too much.
Their fault is that they are not being community; each is looking out for him/herself.
No, says Paul:
When you come together to eat,
wait for one another.
If you are hungry,
eat at home.
1 Corinthians 11:33f
be Christ’s beloved disciples,
be servants to one another.
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Music for reflection
As the Church honours the memory of Silas, Companion of St Paul,
we continue our journey in faith today:
- for all who care for others
- for people in places of conflict around the globe,
and for those who work tirelessly for peace
- for all who inspire us.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the Stirling Street Pastors.)
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.
Grant to us, Lord,
the spirit to think on those things that are right,
and always to be ready to do them:
that we, who without you cannot be alive,
may have the strength to live according to your will;
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.
Images, unless otherwise stated, are from lockdown in Scotland, by Alistair Warwick.
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