Praying at Home Today: Friday 27 August 2021
Praying at home today:
Suffering for others
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.
Blessed is anyone who endures temptation.
Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life
that the Lord has promised to those who love God.
Beatus vir qui suffert tentationem:
quoniam cum probatus fuerit, accipiet coronam vitae,
quam repromisit Deus diligentibus se.
Heureux l’homme qui tient bon face à la tentation
car, après avoir fait ses preuves,
il recevra la couronne de la vie que le Seigneur a promise à ceux qui l’aiment.
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
Ah, the thorny issue of temptation!
There’s a joke about confession where the penitent confesses to thinking about an attractive person.
The priest asks if she entertains temptations, to which her quickfire response is “No, Father, they entertain me!”.
Today, as we remember Monica (or perhaps Monnica), we recall that her son, Augustine, was a wayward lad who eventually turned to faith. One of his most famous prayers was “Lord, make me chaste, but not yet”.
It took him many years to reconcile all parts of his life. Meanwhile, his mother shed many a tear for him.
This vicarious suffering eventually had its effect and we can read of Augustine’s struggles in his Confessions.
It can take a lifetime to come to terms with our faith and we can easily feel that we’ve lost the way.
But the Good Shepherd is always there, seeking out that which was lost, all who are lost, that we may journey together to our Father’s house in which there are many rooms.
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Music for reflection
In communion with Monica (387, mother of Augustine of Hippo),
we continue our journey in faith today:
- for mothers who worry about their children
- for those infected by SARS-CoV-2
and all who care for them
- for a fairer distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine
- for the people of Afghanistan
- for those taking part in the Tokyo Paralympics
- for all who inspire us.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Alistair, Sarah, Gen and the Youth & Children’s ministries
and for all who are shielding, especially Sue and her family.)
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 merciful God,
by whose grace alone your faithful people offer you service and praise:
grant that we may hasten without stumbling towards the things that you promise;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
ever 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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