Praying at Home Today: Thursday 7 October 2021
Praying at home today:
For patience as God brings about God’s plan for creation
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.
Turn, O Lord! How long?
Have compassion on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Convertere, Domine; usquequo?
et deprecabilis esto super servos tuos.
Repleti sumus mane misericordia tua;
et exsultavimus, et delectati sumus omnibus diebus nostris.
Reviens, Eternel! Jusqu’à quand?
Aie pitié de tes serviteurs!
Rassasie-nous chaque matin de ta bonté,
et nous serons toute notre vie dans la joie et l’allégresse.
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
Our first reading has the Deuteronomic recapitulation of the Ten Commandments, given through Moses the mediator at Sinai (we read its earlier incarnation in Exodus 20).
It seems that both of these versions are wordier than the original might have been; the sparse wording might have been more like:
You shall not worship any other God but YHWH
You shall not make a graven image
You shall not take the name of YHWH in vain
You shall not break the sabbath
You shall not dishonour your parents
You shall not murder
You shall not commit adultery
You shall not steal
You shall not commit perjury
You shall not covet
Such wording would have been easier to memorise than what we’re used to reading. Regardless of the exact wording, these commandments, the “Decalogue”, have been described as the terms of the covenant between God and the people of Israel, and by extension to us.
When Jesus sums up the Law in his two great commandments, he isn’t replacing the Decalogue but rather bringing out its deepest meaning (William Neil).
God has a plan for creation and these “Ten Words” are part of that plan as we strive to live in God’s presence, living in and praying for the world.
Music for reflection
We continue our journey in faith today:
- for governments around the world
that they may seek the way of peace
- for peace and justice
- for the preparations for COP-26
- for all who inspire us.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Rachel Campbell, Vestry Secretary and Vestry Members
and for Mary.)
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.
O Lord, we beseech you:
give your people grace to turn away from evil;
and to follow you, the only God,
in pureness of heart and mind;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen
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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