Praying at Home Today: Thursday 9 September 2021
Praying at home today:
The Season of Creation – Pope Francis’s Laudato si’
For four weeks, following the first Sunday in September until the day before Harvest Sunday, we will be focussing on the season of creation, in preparation for the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow.
Although we will follow our usual form of prayer, our readings and some other material will follow those given in Daily Prayer of the Scottish Episcopal Church for this Season of Creation.
This is a good time to be grateful for our beautiful, yet fragile world, and to dedicate ourselves anew as faithful stewards to its protection.
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.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth
And it was very good.
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
All things came into being through the Word,
and without the Word not one thing came into being.
What has come into being in him was life,
and the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
O sing to the Lord a new song,
for God has done marvellous things.
Cantate Domino canticum novum,
quia mirabilia fecit.
Chantez en l’honneur de l’Eternel un cantique nouveau,
car Dieu a fait des merveilles!
The Liturgy of the Word
Here is today’s Bible reading.
During these next four weeks, I am reading Pope Francis’s encyclical letter Laudato si’, mi’ Signore – Praise to you, my Lord (LS) – and I hope to share with you a few nuggets from his thoughts on Creation and our stewardship of this planet we call our home.
Francis reminds us (LS16) that there is an intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet, everything is connected (as indeed Daniel Barenboim has told us), there is a need to critique new forms of technology.
Furthermore, we need forthright and honest debate if local and international policy will help us to deal with the throwaway culture.
Above all, we need a new lifestyle (LS16).
Loss of biodiversity
Everything is connected.
The loss of forests and woodlands goes hand in hand with a loss of species potentially essential for both food and curing disease (LS32).
Moreover, these species have value in themselves and yet thousands of plant and animal species disappear every year, never to be seen again by us or our children (LS33).
Good functioning of ecosystems depends on the interconnectedness of species and when this is disrupted, ecosystems fail. Attempts are being made to compensate for this disruption, yet this human intervention, often in the service of business interests and consumerism, can in turn be harmful, as well as making our planet “less rich and beautiful, ever more limited and grey” (LS34).
Environmental assessments for projects are essential but it can be disastrous if they don’t take biodiversity into account.
Without corridors for animals to migrate or roam freely, they face extinction (LS35), with incalculable loss and terrible injustice to humanity, both present and future (LS36).
Some countries are establishing sanctuaries on land and at sea, and specialists insist on the need for priority for endemic, rare and less protected species. Certain places, too, need greater protection because of their importance in sustaining other forms of life or their place in the global ecosystem (LS37).
A good example of these places is the Amazon and Congo basins, along with aquifers and glaciers, vital for both the earth and humanity’s future. Countless species are lost within a very short space of time when rainforests are burned down to provide more land for agriculture.
Multinational companies frequently undermine national sovereignty in the pursuit of obscene wealth for a few. Fortunately, there are international organisations committed to drawing our attention to these selfish activities and applying pressure on governments to preserve their environmental and natural resources (LS38).
Marine life, much of which is still unknown to us, is affected by uncontrolled fishing, leading to depleted fish stocks and the extinction of significant elements in the food chain (LS40).
Coral reefs in tropical and subtropical seas, sheltering around a million species, are also in danger of severe decline, partly through fishing practices, pollution and the rising temperature of the oceans (LS41).
Ultimately, we need to invest more in our knowledge and understanding of the issues involved. Because everything is connected, all must be “cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another” (LS42).
Ask the animals, and they will teach you;
the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
Ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you;
the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of every human being.
Music for reflection
We continue our journey in faith today:
- for all preparing for the COP26 Climate Conference
- for those in most danger from the climate emergency
- for our sisters and brothers driven from their homeland seeking refuge
- for all seeking to preserve our oceans, our forests and our land
- for scientists and politicians
- for all who inspire us.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Alistair Warwick, Director of Music, the Choir and Music Group.)
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.
God Most High,
maker of heaven and earth,
you created humankind in your own image
and entrusted the whole world to human care:
give us grace to serve you faithfully,
that we might be trustworthy stewards of your creation,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Collect for the Season of Creation
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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