About

Welcome to PrayingatHome.com

I set up this blog in June 2015, following a long struggle trying to think about the kind of things I could possibly write about.

A wise person once wrote, “Everyone is an expert in something”. So I’m writing this in case anyone wants to read it.

And as you’re reading it, then I guess you’re pretty unique. πŸ™‚

Alistair Warwick

What’s ‘Praying at Home’ about?

At the beginning of lockdown in March 2020, here in central Scotland, I realised that there would be a thirst for things of the Spirit (as well as perhaps some other kinds of spirit!).

Thinking not only of those people for whom lockdown and relative isolation would be new, I also remembered the many people for whom every day is lockdown.

As lockdown gradually eased during 2020 and required again in 2021, the importance of resources remains urgent.

Thinking of how I might appreciate such a “solution” myself, I hoped that resources I might produce would be

  • Flexible
  • Inclusive
  • Ecumenical & Interfaith-sensitive
  • User-friendly
  • Helpful & encouraging
Gender

Having become sensitised to the importance of choosing words carefully, I have generally avoided the use of gender in referring to God; naturally Jesus (as a man) is “him”, while, following ancient and contemporary spiritual traditions, I frequently refer to the Spirit of God as “her”.

Gerard Hughes SJ’s marvellous book God of Surprises introduced me to this concept; after just a little while getting used to it, it now seems perfectly normal to refer to God’s self rather than himself, or his “this, that or the other”.

Inclusive

I don’t engage in polemics; however, I’m not afraid to reflect on issues of injustice in our world – and in the Church!

This is in accordance with (whilst not comparing myself to!) the great prophets.

Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France
The labyrinth has been a helpful inspiration for me
it's not a maze in which to get lost
but a pathway to the centre (and back!)
Format

The format is loosely based on a combination of the classic lectio divina and Services of the Word:

  • preparation
  • short reading
  • two daily readings plus psalm (optional)
  • short reflection
  • music for reflection
  • prayer/intercessions
  • the Lord’s Prayer
  • final prayer

Experience

About me

I have many years’ experience of working with musicians of very different skill levels and styles.

For nearly 20 years, I worked for the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), mainly in education (Voice for Life and Sacred Music Studies) but also in the voluntary section, supporting its work in Scotland.

Practical music-making

Church music

Church music experience includes 10 years as Director of Music at Arundel Cathedral, where I started the children’s choir, before supporting smaller churches.

I am currently (since 2012) Director of Music at Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, in the centre of Stirling.

Music in the Community

Since 2009 I have been Conductor of Stirling University Choir, bringing a wide range of music to student and staff members of the University, as well as a sizeable contingent of members from the community.

I have worked with other choirs, including RHET Factor Choir, Rosenethe Singers, the Gargunnock Songsters and the Stirling City Choir.

Qualifications & Awards

  • Bachelors and Masters degrees in music (Surrey)
  • Certificate in Theology (Southampton)
  • Colleague (CRCO) diploma from the Royal College of Organists (my ARCO is in progress)
  • Associate (ARSCM) of the Royal School of Church Music, for services to music and liturgy in both England and Scotland
  • Fellow (FISM) of the Incorporated Society of Musicians

The Art of Music

Since 1992, I’ve worked as a freelance music engraver/typesetter for The Art of Music.

Projects (1000s of pages) include:

  • The Guitar in Georgian England
    Christopher Page (Yale University Press, 2020)
  • Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary According to the Use of Salisbury
    (Stainer & Bell: Early English Church Music, 2019)
  • The Guitar in Tudor England
    Christopher Page (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
  • Piping in the Inner Isles of the West Coast of Scotland
    Bridget Mackenzie (Birlinn: John Donald, 2012)
  • Hymns for Prayer & Praise
    ed. John Harper (Canterbury Press, 2011, 2012)
  • The Christian West and its Singers
    Christopher Page (Yale, 2010)
  • Music in Wales Before 1650
    Sally Harper (Ashfield, 2007)
  • The Play of Daniel
    ed. David Wulstan (Plainsong and Medieval Music Society, 2007)
  • Music for Common Worship
    (Church of England & the RSCM, 2000–2005 )
  • The RSCM Guide to Plainchant
    Mary Berry & John Rowlands-Pritchard (preliminary work for the RSCM, published in 2015)

About us

We live in our eco-house in Dunblane, Scotland, with fond memories of Ceilidh Muppet, our lovely wee Westie.

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