Praying at Home Today: Friday 22 January 2021
Praying at home today:
The joy of the Lord is our strength
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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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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.
God alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
Quia ipse Deus meus et salvator meus,
adjutor meus, non emigrabo.
Oui, c’est lui mon rocher et mon salut,
ma forteresse: je ne serai pas ébranlé.
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
A burning passion
Jeremiah has been attacked for speaking out.
His persecutors don’t want to hear what he has to say; rather than what they want to hear, he says what they need to hear.
Consequently, he’s paying the price: derision, anger, resentment.
And yet, he cannot not speak.
If I say, ‘I will not mention him,
or speak any more in his name’,
then within me
there is something like a burning fire
shut up in my bones;
I am weary with holding it in,
and I cannot.
What about us?
Due to the pressures of life, however, we can get jaded and tired and lose our energy for witnessing to the loving-kindness of God.
How do we regain that sense of wonder, of grace?
Today’s Short Reading comes a verse after yesterday’s when we read:
Yes, my soul is at repose in God ,
from whom comes my salvation.
God is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
As Nehemiah, another prophet wrote,
This day is holy to our Lord;
and do not be grieved,
for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Music for reflection
In this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- for the unity of all who profess to be Christian
- for the unity of the human family
- for peace and justice in the Middle East, especially Iraq
- for all who bring hope and joy into our lives.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Carol Aitchison, Bishop Ian’s Secretary.)
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.
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
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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.
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