Praying at Home Today: Monday 25 January 2021
Praying at home today:
Children of Abraham and of Adam
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.
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 is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Deus noster refugium et virtus;
adjutor in tribulationibus quae invenerunt nos nimis.
Dieu est pour nous un refuge et un appui,
un secours toujours présent dans la détresse.
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
The Call of Abram
Abram (later renamed Abraham) was seventy-five when he was called to leave his family and go to a new land.
He could have had very little inkling of what God was asking of him.
Yet he trusted, he did as he was asked, taking his wife, Sarai and Lot, his brother’s son.
How was this for them? How did they feel?
Perhaps Sarai thought he was off his head, hearing voices and having strange daydreams.
Yet she trusted, at least enough to go along with him.
This trust was rewarded by the promise that they would be the father (and mother) of many nations.
In our lives, we too can discern God’s call for us. It may not be as dramatic as it was for Abraham and Sarah but it is still our vocation, our calling.
Although there is one calling, to enter ever more deeply into the Paschal Mystery, this calling has many forms. Indeed its form is probably unique to each one of us.
And God is our refuge and our strength as we pursue the pilgrim road, in communion with the children of Abraham of Sarah.
Music for reflection
As the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity concludes for this year, and as the Church of God celebrates the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul (Apostle), 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 three main religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam,
all the children of Abraham and Sarah
- for the unity of the human family,
Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve
- for everyone helping us through the pandemic
- for all who bring peace into our lives.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
that we try to follow St Paul’s example.)
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.
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 offenses,
comme nous pardonnons aussi à ceux qui nous ont offensés.
Et ne nous laisse pas entrer en 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.
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.
Hear the prayers of your people, O Lord:
that we, who are weighed down by our sins,
may be delivered for the glory of your Name;
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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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.
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