Praying at Home Today: Thursday 21 January 2021

Praying at Home Today: Thursday 21 January 2021

Praying at home today:
Resting in God’s presence

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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

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from him.

Verumtamen Deo subjecta esto, anima mea,
quoniam ab ipso patientia mea.

Oui, mon âme, repose-toi sur Dieu,
car c’est de lui que vient mon espérance.

Psalm 61 (62):5

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

Our first reading today has more doom and gloom for the people of Israel.

Jeremiah is called to buy a jug from a potter* and to break it in front of the people, symbolising their ruin.

In expressing this ruin, verse 7 in this translation (the New Revised Standard Version) reads “make void”, while the New International Version reads “ruin”; the Hebrew word for which sounds like “jug”, as mentioned in verses 1 and 10.

Reposing in God’s presence

Despite, the poor choices of the people of Israel at that time, we live here, today.

Our Short Reading affirms that we can find rest in God’s unchanging love for us.

The Community of Taizé have a chant, by Jacques Berthier, expressing this.

Mon âme se repose en paix sur Dieu seul:
de lui vient mon salut.
Oui, sur Dieu seul mon âme se repose,
se repose en paix.

* I hope it was a plain jug; I can’t see the potter being terribly impressed at his/her work being ill-used in this way (Elaine would be seriously unimpressed!).


Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

In this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and as the Church celebrates the life and witness of Agnes (Martyr, c304), we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:

  • for all in positions of authority
  • for President Joseph Biden
  • for former President, Donald Trump 
  • for the unity of all who profess to be Christian
  • for the unity of the human family
  • for all who bring joy and hope into our lives.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Helen Kemp, Safeguarding & HT PVG Coordinator.)

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
* 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

Other worship resources

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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