Praying at Home Today: Saturday 9 January 2021
Praying at home today
Trust in God
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!
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.
Simon answered: Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing.
Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.
Et respondens Simon, dixit illi: Praeceptor, per totam noctem laborantes nihil cepimus:
in verbo autem tuo laxabo rete.
Simon lui répondit: «Maître, nous avons travaillé toute la nuit sans rien prendre;
mais sur ta parole, je jetterai les filets.»
The Liturgy of the Word *
Jesus calls people to work with him
We’ve heard the Christmas story so many times; ever old, yet ever new.
We hear the angels singing of glory to God and peace to people of good will on earth.
This one who comes to save God’s people chooses not to undertake his task by himself but gathers around him a motley gathering of women and men: misfits, strange, rough people, along perhaps with others more refined, like Mary of Magdala.
They certainly argued enough with each other!
In Luke’s account, we see Simon Peter, perhaps a little frazzled and scunnered by an unsuccessful night’s fishing. But he does what Jesus asks him, even though it makes no sense, and brings in a hoard of fish – so many that the nets are breaking and the boats sinking. Such largesse!
On his knees now, he admits that he is unworthy. Yet Jesus raises him up, telling him that although they’ve been catching fish, their task is now to bring human beings to an awareness of God’s kingdom.
So they left everything and followed Jesus.
Music for reflection *
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- for a peaceful transition in the USA
- for peace and justice throughout the world
- for those facing huge challenges at this time
- for hope.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for members of Mountain Rescue Teams,
for those who have lost businesses and those out of work.)
For all who have asked for our prayers.
a moment of silence
Pray for us all
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.
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.
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.
Returning to the world
Verbum caro factum est.
Et habitavit in nobis. Alleluia!
In these strange times, we are called to trust
Praying at Home Today: Acknowledgements
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.