Praying at Home Today: Friday 8 January 2021

Praying at Home Today: Friday 8 January 2021

Praying at home today
The Lord looks on the heart

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.

In the name of the living God,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Short reading

But the Lord said to Samuel:
Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him;
for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance,
but the Lord looks on the heart.

Et dixit Dominus ad Samuelem:
Ne respicias vultum ejus, neque altitudinem staturae ejus: quoniam abjeci eum,
nec juxta intuitum hominis ego judico: homo enim videt ea quae parent,
Dominus autem intuetur cor.

Mais l’Eternel dit à Samuel:
Ne prête pas attention à son apparence et à sa grande taille, car je l’ai rejeté.
En effet, l’Eternel n’a pas le même regard que l’homme: l’homme regarde à ce qui frappe les yeux,
mais l’Eternel regarde au cœur.

1 Samuel 16:7

The Liturgy of the Word *

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

One link to all three readings

Separate links to each reading

Short Reflection

God does not judge by appearance, but what is in our hearts

Samuel is tasked with anointing one who is to be the King of Israel. Told to go to Jesse, he weighs up each son in turn, rejecting all of them.

It is the youngest, the one in the fields, whom God chooses and Samuel anoints him.

Jesus the Christ

This coming Sunday, we will celebrate the Baptism of the Lord.

Baptised by John, the Spirit of God rests on him, as it did on David, his ancestor.

He is the Christ, the chosen one, the anointed, the belovèd of God; not for its own sake, but to unite us in and with him.

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Music for reflection *

Prayer Suggestions

We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:

  • for stability in the United States of America
  • for peace and justice throughout the world
  • for those most affected by the pandemic
    and for those who believe it to be a conspiracy
  • for hope.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Cathy Johnston, our Lay Representative.)

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;
sanctificatur 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 offences
comme nous pardonnons aussi
à ceux qui nous ont offensés.
Et ne nous soumets pas à la 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.

Concluding prayer

O God,
whose blessed Son, Jesus Christ, was made human,
that we might become your children:
grant that we,
being made partakers of his divine nature,
may be shaped in his likeness;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end.
Amen.

Returning to the world

Verbum caro factum est.
Et habitavit in nobis. Alleluia!

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.

Images, unless otherwise stated, are from lockdown in Scotland, by Alistair Warwick.

Music engraved by The Art of Music.

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