Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 31 August 2021
Praying at home today:
That we may bring the Word to others in ways that speak to them
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.
For to this you have been called,
because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example,
so that you should follow in his steps.
In hoc enim vocati estis:
quia et Christus passus est pro nobis, vobis relinquens exemplum
ut sequamini vestigia ejus.
De fait, c’est à cela que vous avez été appelés,
parce que Christ aussi a souffert pour nous, vous laissant un exemple
afin que vous suiviez ses traces.
1 Peter 2:21
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
When I was a teenager and had just started organ lessons, I became the organist at a small church, on a housing estate, dedicated to St Aidan.
With inspirational leadership by a quiet priest, Brian McMurray, and a small pastoral team, it was the first church in which I was conscious of experiencing Church as community. There was a tangible sense of care for one another.
And this was fitting in a church dedicated to Aidan of Lindisfarne.
The community at Lindisfarne, which lies just off the extreme North-East corner of England near Berwick-upon-Tweed, was established in 635CE by Aidan and 12 other monks from Iona.
Kate Tristram tells us that they were down to earth, responding to the needs of those to whom they spoke.
…they went out, using Aidan’s only method as a missionary, which was to walk the lanes, talk to all the people he met and interest them in the faith if he could.
His monks visited and revisited the villages where he sowed the seeds and in time local Christian communities were formed.
One story tells that the king, worried that bishop Aidan would walk like a peasant, gave him a horse but Aidan gave it away to a beggar.
He wanted to walk, to be on the same level as the people he met and no doubt to vary his approach when he discovered something of their background and attitudes.
Reverend Canon Kate Tristram:
Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne
This is great inspiration for us today!
St Aidan, pray for us.
Music for reflection
As the Church celebrates the life of Aidan of Lindisfarne (bishop, 651),
we continue our journey in faith today:
- for students
- for those preparing for the COP 26 Climate Conference
- for the people of Afghanistan, Myanmar and Brazil
- for all who inspire us.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
to consider making a ‘retreat’.)
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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