Praying at Home Today: Saturday 28 August 2021

Praying at Home Today: Saturday 28 August 2021

Praying at home today:
Keeping Sabbath to rest

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.
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. Everything’s optional!
Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France

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.

Short reading

For six days you shall work,
but on the seventh day you shall rest;
even in ploughing time and in harvest time you shall rest.

Sex diebus operaberis;
die septimo cessabis arare et metere.

Pendant six jours tu travailleras,
et tu te reposeras le septième jour;
tu te reposeras, même à l’époque du labour et de la moisson.

Exodus 34:21

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

Short Reflection

Today we read one of the readings about the Sabbath that marks out the Hebrew people, and by extension, to Christians.

The first time we read about this concept is in Genesis, although this Priestly account was written after the exile.

The concept, no matter when it was first revealed, is a simple one: we need to rest, to take stock, to have a change of scenery and perception.

Even if there are huge deadlines to be met, we must rest.

Experience in parts of mainland Europe clearly demonstrates that a smaller working day leads to greater productivity. Perhaps Parkinson’s Law is right after all!

So we need to rest. Part of this rest, for Christians, is in celebrating Eucharist with our sisters and brothers on the first day of the week.

St Augustine explains: “If we receive the Eucharist worthily, we become what we receive.”

St Augustine
Easter Sermon, 227

In other words we become the Body of Christ.

It is in the Eucharist that we share in God’s most precious gift to us, the very life of Jesus, our brother and great high priest who intercedes for us to God.

Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:16

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Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

In communion with Augustine of Hippo (bishop 430),
we continue our journey in faith today:

  • 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 Christians in North Africa
and for all who are shielding, especially Graham.)

For all who have asked for our prayers.

a moment of silence

Pray for us all
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.

L’Église Catholique de Paris

Concluding prayer

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.
Amen.

Pentecost 14

Returning to the world

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Benedicamus Domino.
Deo gratias.

Thank you for joining us in praying at home.
Oremus pro invicem.

In these strange times, we are called to trust

Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France
* You can find more organ music from Holy Trinity Church, Stirling
on Alistair Warwick‘s website and on SoundCloud

There are several books by Brother Roger of the Taizé Community from many booksellers.

You can buy The Complete Chronicles of Narnia at Bookshop.org

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.

Music engraved by The Art of Music.

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