Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 24 November 2021

Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 24 November 2021

Praying at home today:
Valuing what is old and what is new

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

Jesus said,
Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’
And he said to them, ‘
Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven
is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure
what is new and what is old.’

Dixit Jesus:
Intellexistis haec omnia? Dicunt ei: Etiam.
Ait illis: Ideo omnis scriba doctus in regno caelorum,
similis est homini patrifamilias, qui profert de thesauro suo nova et vetera.

[Jésus leur dit:]
«Avez-vous compris tout cela?» «Oui, [Seigneur]», répondirent-ils.
Et il leur dit:
«C’est pourquoi, tout spécialiste de la loi instruit de ce qui concerne le royaume des cieux
ressemble à un maître de maison qui tire de son trésor
des choses nouvelles et des choses anciennes.»

Matthew 13:51-52

The Liturgy of the Word

Here are today’s Bible readings. You can read just one, or all of them if you have time.
One link to all the readings
Separate links to each reading

Short Reflection

We’re reaching the end of the Church’s year, with just days to go until Advent begins.

Today’s short reading reminds us that the reign of God is to be found in what is familiar and what is new to us.

By extension, God’s reign is also found in the wisdom of Churches and religions other than our own.

We can learn from the Orthodox Churches, with their gift of the Holy Spirit working through creation.

We can learn from the Churches born of the Reformation, with their gift of love for the Word of God.

And we can learn from the Catholic Church, with its gift of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist.

None of these are exclusive, of course! And there are Churches that combine these gifts.

We can discover that the presence of God is to be found in strange places, perhaps places we know very well but that we might see with fresh eyes.

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

TS Elliot:
Little Gidding
from Four Quartets

Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

In communion with Lucy Menzies (scholar and mystic, 1954) and all who seek God,
we continue our journey in faith today:

  • for all who study and pass on their wisdom to others
  • for John and Rachel,
    and for Sally
  • for all who inspire and encourage us on our journey.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for spiritual directors and prayer guides.)

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 everlasting God,
whose will it is to restore all things
in your well-beloved Son, our Lord and King:
grant that the peoples of the earth,
now divided and enslaved by sin,
may be freed and brought together under his gentle and loving rule;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Pentecost 26
The Reign of Christ

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

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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; Deuterocanonical texts are taken from Association Épiscopale Liturgique pour les pays Francophones.

Images, unless otherwise stated, are by Alistair Warwick.

Music engraved by The Art of Music.

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