Praying at Home Today: Thursday 2 December 2021

Praying at Home Today: Thursday 2 December 2021

Praying at home today:
Blessed be the Lord, who remembers God's covenant

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

Thus the Lord has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,
and has remembered God’s holy covenant

Ad faciendam misericordiam cum patribus nostris:
et memorari testamenti sui sancti.

Ainsi, le Seigneur manifeste sa bonté envers nos ancêtres
et se souvient de sa sainte alliance.

Luke 1:72

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

As we begin our preparation for next Sunday’s Eucharist, with the arrival of John the Baptist, instead of a psalm we have one of the three canticles from Luke’s Gospel (the others being the Magnificat and the Nunc dimittis).

Zechariah, John’s father, had been struck dumb after failing to believe Gabriel’s message that he and Elizabeth, “both getting on in years”, would bear a child.

Now the boy was born, Zechariah regained his speech and declared what we now know as the Benedictus: 

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
for God has visited his people,
he has come to their rescue
and has raised up a power for salvation
in the House of his servant David.

We have three days to reflect on this text before we sing/say it on Sunday.

It is rich indeed, plenty to mull over!

Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

In communion with Francis Xavier (priest, 1552) and all who seek God,
we continue our journey in faith today:

  • for those who continue to be affected by the AIDS virus
    and those who care for them
  • that we may seek the unity of God’s Church in all its varied forms
  • for Libby and her family
  • for all who inspire and encourage us on our Advent journey.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Bishop Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church.)

For all who have asked for our prayers.

a moment of silence

Maranatha!
Come, Lord Jesus!

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

Stir up your power, Lord, and come:
that, with you as our protector,
we may be rescued from our sins;
and with you as our deliverer,
we may be set free;
for you live and reign with God the Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.

Advent 1

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; 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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