Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 26 January 2021
Praying at home today:
Support in unexpected places
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.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea.
Propterea non timebimus dum turbabitur terra,
et transferentur montes in cor maris.
C’est pourquoi nous sommes sans crainte quand la terre est bouleversée,
quand les montagnes sont ébranlées au cœur des mers.
The Liturgy of the Word
Background to the New Testament reading
The group of apostles have been meeting with all the followers of Jesus in the Portico of Solomon in Jerusalem.
As well as engaging in prayer, they have been working signs and wonders in the name of Jesus.
The apostles have previously been given a formal warning not to preach in Jesus’ name. The Sanhedrin (the Senate) are meeting to deal with the situation when they hear that the apostles are in the Temple, so they have them brought to the Sanhedrin for questioning.
When the apostles are asked why they continue in this way.
They reply with a proclamation (kerygma, κερυγμα) of the Gospel message: Jesus crucified and raised to life to bring repentance and salvation.
Naturally, this infuriated the Sanhedrin, who wanted to put them to death.
Support in unexpected places
Gamaliel had been Saul’s teacher (at this time, Saul was not on the scene, not having had his Damascus conversion).
Not only a leading teacher, but Gamaliel also appears to be an insightful man, capable of reading the signs.
He discerns that something is human in origin it will surely disappear like other movements; if, however it is from God, then they should not stand in God’s way.
Instead of being sentenced to death, then, the apostles get a flogging (so they don’t get off lightly).
It may be that you have experienced support from an unlikely source.
If so, we can pray for that person with gratitude or get in touch to thank them. They may not even realise that they have had that effect on us.
For all who have supported us,
Thanks be to God!
Music for reflection
As the Church celebrates Timothy & Titus (Bishops), we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- for the unity of the human family
- for those who support others, often anonymously.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Altar Servers: Brian, Mike and Suzanne.)
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!
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.