Praying at Home Today: Saturday 16 January 2021
Praying at home today
Search me, O God, and know my 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!
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.
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.
Imperfectum meum viderunt oculi tui,
et in libro tuo omnes scribentur.
Dies formabuntur, et nemo in eis.
Je n’étais encore qu’une masse informe, mais tes yeux me voyaient,
et sur ton livre étaient inscrits
tous les jours qui m’étaient destinés avant qu’un seul d’entre eux n’existe.
The Liturgy of the Word *
One link to all three readings
Separate links to each reading
Written in the book
In the Bible, there are several references to writing in a book.
In the scroll of the book it stands written
that I should do your will.
Our short reading, from the psalm, speaks of God’s foreknowledge even before we were formed.
The apocalyptic ‘Dies Irae’ of the Requiem Mass has a very different kind of book:
Liber scriptus proferetur,
in quo totum continetur,
unde mundus judicetur.
A book will be brought forth,
in which all will be written,
by which the world will be judged.
Nevertheless, with confidence, yet awe, we can pray:
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any hurtful way in me,
and lead me in the ancient way.
Psalm 138 (139):23f
Music for reflection *
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- for those who feel overwhelmed at this time
- for our nursing and medical staff
caring for all without judgement
- for all who bring light, love and joy into our lives.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Libby, Liza, Mike and Ann and all who produce HT Magazine
and for the good mental health and well-being of people of all ages.)
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.
who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
grant that we, being born again,
and made your children by adoption and grace,
may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit;
through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord,
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.