Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 25 August 2021
Praying at home today:
Conforming to the image and likeness 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.
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.
Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way.
A mandatis tuis intellexi;
propterea odivi omnem viam iniquitatis.
Grâce à tes décrets je deviens intelligent,
c’est pourquoi je déteste toute voie de mensonge.
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
Hmm, a tricky reading.
Through your precepts I get understanding.
Grâce à tes décrets je deviens intelligent.
Of course, intelligence isn’t the same as wisdom, or even common sense.
We’ve all met a number of intelligent people who lack wisdom.
But perhaps what the writer is saying here should be seen in the light of the medium rather than the result: it is through reflecting on God’s commandments that we are informed (cf. the Latin translation).
Indeed, already made in the image and likeness of God, we are further conformed in that image and likeness.
We more truly become God’s people, the body of Christ and the temple of the Holy Spirit.
And the closer we conform to our calling, the more we will hate every false way.
Happy are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the Lord.
It seems that St Ebba of Coldingham may not have been terribly wise in the way that she ran her monastery (cf. Northumbria Community) as the discipline appears to have been somewhat lax. Yet she was described by Bede as ‘a pious woman, and a handmaid of Christ’.
Who are we to judge who is wise and who is not?
Music for reflection
In communion with Ebba of Coldingham (abbess, 683),
we continue our journey in faith today:
- for the people of Afghanistan
- for those infected by SARS-CoV-2
and all who care for them
- for a fairer distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine
- for those taking part in the Tokyo Paralympics
- for all who inspire us.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Cathy Johnston, our Lay Rep
and for Sheila, Mary and David.)
For all who have asked for our prayers.
a moment of silence
Pray for us all
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.
Almighty and eternal God,
by your generous love
you grant to those who pray more than is desired or deserved:
pour down your mercy upon us,
forgiving what our conscience fears,
and granting what we dare not ask;
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
- Worship resources from Holy Trinity Church, Stirling, Scotland
- Music for reflection
- RSCM: Hymn for the Day and Sunday Self-Service
- Liturgy resources from New Zealand – Aotearoa
- Prayer live from Taizé
- CCC – Christ, Covid, Community (Facebook Group)
- Live-streamed liturgy from Pluscarden Abbey, Scotland
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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