Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 19 January 2021

Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 19 January 2021

Praying at home today
with authority and favour comes responsibility

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A warm welcome to, 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.

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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.

Short reading

Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
listen to my cry of supplication.

Auribus percipe, Domine, orationem meam,
et intende voci deprecationis meae.

Eternel, prête l’oreille à ma prière,
sois attentif à mes supplications!

Psalm 85 (86):6

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

What we hear in today’s readings are that with authority comes responsibility.

As we heard yesterday, fed up with their regional governors (or “judges”), the people of Israel wanted a king.

Samuel anointed Saul with oil, consecrating him for this role.

But several battles later, Saul finds himself on the wrong side of God. He hadn’t done what he was commanded.

To the modern eye, this seems most unfair on Saul, who had acted humanely rather than strictly in accordance with what he had been told through Samuel.

The couple Ananias and Sapphira, in our reading from Acts, also seem to be unfortunates.

They had sold a piece of land and made an offering to the early Christian community.

Their offence seems to have been keeping back part of the proceeds, rather than giving all of it, which, presumably, they had implied.

Consequently, their sin was one of hypocrisy.

This seems so harsh. It looks as though the text is compressed, so we don’t know the full story. Maybe it was to serve as a warning to others to be truthful.

It’s certainly a warning for anyone in authority today.


Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

In this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:

  • for those in authority
  • for President-elect Joseph Biden, preparing to take up office
  • for outgoing President, Donald Trump 
  • for the unity of all who profess to be Christian
  • for the unity of the human family
  • for all who bring light into our lives.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Rachel Campbell, Vestry Secretary and Alternative Lay Representative,
for all Vestry members,
and for the clergy of our Diocese, as they meet online for their Clergy Conference today.)

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;
sanctificetur 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.

Concluding prayer

Almighty and eternal God,
ruler of heaven and earth:
mercifully hear the prayers of your people,
and grant your peace to our times;
through 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!

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
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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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