Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 27 January 2021

Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 27 January 2021

Praying at home today:
O generous love!

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!
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.
Amen.

Short reading

Jesus went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted,
and they came to him.

Et Jesus ascendens in montem vocavit ad se quos voluit ipse:
et venerunt ad eum.

Jésus monta ensuite sur la montagne; il appela ceux qu’il voulait,
et ils vinrent vers lui.

Mark 3:13

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

Jesus calls people to follow the Way

Does not wisdom call,
and does not understanding raise her voice?

Proverbs 8:1

We’re near the beginning of Mark’s Gospel. Jesus has cured a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath day, infuriating the Pharisees, sticklers for the letter of the law.

When Jesus asks them, ‘Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?’, they remain silent as they have no answer.

In the passage we read today, Jesus has climbed the mountain, calling people to follow him.

There’s an intriguing line:

and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him.

It’s evident from elsewhere in the Gospel that it’s the outsiders who are making their way to the Kingdom: the tax collectors and prostitutes; the Pharisees and other professional religious leaders are condemned for their hypocrisy and legalism.

As Wisdom personified, we can read into Jesus’ actions:

To you, O people, I call,
and my cry is to all that live.

Proverbs 8:4

We are reminded of Newman’s hymn:

O generous love!
that he, who smote
in man for man the foe,
the double agony in man
for man should undergo.

And in the garden secretly,
and on the cross on high,
should teach his brethren, and inspire
to suffer and to die.

Praise to the Holiest in the height,
and in the depth be praise:
in all his words most wonderful;
most sure in all his ways.

St John Henry Newman

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Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:

  • for the unity of the human family
  • for the lowest-regarded in society
    that we may work for justice
  • for artists and musicians
    and all who inspire us.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the repose of the soul of Douglas Turnbull, whose funeral is today
and for dental practices and those seeking dental care.)

For all who have asked for our prayers.

a moment of silence

Pray for us all

Amen.

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.

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.

L’Église Catholique de Paris

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.
Amen.

Concluding prayer

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.
Amen.

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 Bookshop.org

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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