For those of you wanting help in praying at home, this is how I use the SEC daily prayer with simple hymns and Taize chants. If you don’t recognise the music, please feel free to simply listen, to replace with a hymn you know or to skip over the chants.
The Suffering Christ.
Holy One, open our lips: and we shall proclaim your praise.
Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.
Tuesdays: From Psalm 64.
1 Hear my voice, O God, when I complain;*
protect my life from fear of the enemy.
2 Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,*
from the mob of evildoers.
3 They sharpen their tongue like a sword,*
and aim their bitter words like arrows,
4 That they may shoot down the blameless from ambush;*
they shoot without warning and are not afraid.
5 They hold fast to their evil course;*
they plan how they may hide their snares.
6 They say, ‘Who will see us? who will find out our crimes?*
we have thought out a perfect plot.’
7 The human mind and heart are a mystery;*
but God will loose an arrow at them,
and suddenly they will be wounded.
8 He will make them trip over their tongues,*
and all who see them will shake their heads.
9 Everyone will stand in awe and declare God’s deeds;*
they will recognize his works.
10 The righteous will rejoice in the Lord and put their trust in him,*
and all who are true of heart will glory.
READING Isaiah 49:1–7
Listen to me, O coastlands,
pay attention, you peoples from far away!
The Lord called me before I was born,
while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.
He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver he hid me away.
And he said to me, ‘You are my servant,
Israel, in whom I will be glorified.’
But I said, ‘I have laboured in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my cause is with the Lord,
and my reward with my God.’
And now the Lord says,
who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him,
and that Israel might be gathered to him,
for I am honoured in the sight of the Lord,
and my God has become my strength—
‘It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to restore the survivors of Israel;
I will give you as a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.’
Thus says the Lord,
the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations,
the slave of rulers,
‘Kings shall see and stand up,
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves,
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.’
We have kept silent when we should have spoken.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
We have spoken when we should have kept silent.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
We have been guilty of denial and betrayal.
Lord, have mercy upon us
Spend time gathering your own prayers before God.
O Christ, you offer us healing; may we live by your life.
O Christ, you renew our hope; may we live by your life.
O Christ, you sat at table with sinners; may we live by your life.
O Christ, you raised up your friend Lazarus; may we live by your life.
O Christ, you forgave Peter when he repudiated you and you called him to follow you; may we live by your life.
O Christ, in you our resurrection has already begun;
may we live by your life.
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. Do not bring us to the time of trial, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.
Tuesdays: God of every human being, keep us from digging “cracked cisterns that do not hold the living water.” We want to entrust ourselves to you, surrendering to you our worries and our entire lives. Amen.
O God, who, by the passion of your blessed Son, made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer pain and loss; for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.
God most holy, we give you thanks for bringing us out of the shadow of night into the light of morning; and we ask you for the joy of spending this day in your service, so that when evening comes, we may once more give you thanks, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil; and bring us to life eternal. Amen.
Compiled with Materials From SEC Daily Prayer; Jim Cotter, Lectionary Resources; Taizé A prayer for each day; GS2016 Pointed Liturgical Psalter 2016 04 08; Chris Thorpe, Touching the Sacred;