Praying at Home Today: Thursday 12 May 2022

Praying at Home Today: Thursday 12 May 2022

Praying at home today:
Taste and see that the Lord is good

Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France

The Lord is risen!
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Introduction

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 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.
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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

But you, mortal, hear what I say to you;
do not be rebellious like that rebellious house;
open your mouth and eat what I give you.

Tu autem, fili hominis, audi quaecumque loquor ad te,
et noli esse exasperans, sicut domus exasperatrix est:
aperi os tuum, et comede quaecumque ego do tibi.

Quant à toi, fils de l’homme, écoute ce que je vais te dire!
Ne te montre pas rebelle comme cette communauté de rebelles!
Ouvre ta bouche et mange ce que je vais te donner!

Ezekiel 2:8

The Liturgy of the Word

Here are today’s Bible readings. You can read just one, or all of them if you have time.

Short Reflection

Taste and see that the Lord is good

This line, from Psalm 33(34), is often sung at Communion, and there are many beautiful settings of this text, including a beautiful miniature by Ralph Vaughan Williams and a moving setting for congregation and choir by James E. Moore.

In the readings from Ezekiel and Revelation, while this taste (of a scroll) is sweet, the message it carries brings words of lamentation and mourning and woe (Ezekiel) and in the stomach, it feels bitter (Revelation).

Interestingly, Ezekiel is told that this is so because the people he is to address can understand what he is saying; although they can understand, they will simply refuse to listen to him just as they refuse to listen to God.

Had they not been able to understand, they would have listened.

Perhaps there’s a lesson for us today.

Thomas Rattray and the Scottish Eucharistic Liturgy

There’s a fascinating, albeit brief, account of Bishop Rattray’s attempts to provide Scottish Episcopalians with a liturgy of their own.

The Ancient Liturgy of the Church of
Jerusalem
was Rattray’s attempt to provide Scottish Episcopalians with a
solemn liturgical text for Eucharistic worship within their own tradition
in both doctrine and text, which had the provenance of antiquity.

https://jointliturgicalstudies.hymnsam.co.uk/media/1356/jls_92%20digital-1-8.pdf (retrieved 11/05/2022)

Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

In the light of the Risen Christ
and in communion with Thomas Rattray (Bishop, 1743)
we continue our journey in faith:

  • that we may value the gift of the Eucharist
  • for bishops, priests and deacons
    and lay ministers who bring the eucharist to the sick or housebound
  • for those working in impossible situations
  • for those who have no work
  • for all working to improve others’ lives
  • for Diane
  • for Maddie Thomas, missing since early May

Cycle of Prayer in the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane

With Holy Trinity, Stirling, in the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane,
we invite you to pray today:

  • for the family and friends of Marion Graham
  • for the College of Bishops
  • for Bishop Ian
  • for the people of St Modoc, Doune
    Alison Peden
  • for Hospital Chaplains:
    Hunter Farquharson (Perth Royal Infirmary), Graham Taylor (Murray Royal, Perth)

For all who have asked for our prayers.

a moment of silence

The Lord’s Prayer

in English, Latin and French

– The Lord’s Prayer

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

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.

– La Prière du Seigneur (2017)

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

O God,
the light of whose truth stretches out to those who go astray,
that they may return to the path of righteousness:
give your grace to all who profess themselves Christians,
that they may cast out what is harmful,
and pursue all that gives life;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.

Easter 4

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

Praying at Home Today: Thursday 12 May 2022

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 mainly from Version Segond 21, copyright © 2007 Société Biblique de Genève by Société Biblique de Genève; Deuterocanonical (Apocryphal) 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.

More information

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on Alistair Warwick‘s website and on SoundCloud

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