Praying at Home Today: Friday 29 January 2021
Praying at home today:
Cycles in time
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.
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
Magna opera Domini:
exquisita in omnes voluntates ejus.
Les œuvres de l’Eternel sont grandes,
recherchées par tous ceux qui les aiment.
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
Cycles and seasons
Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is a piece of musical theatre representing Fortune. It’s a cycle as its end is its beginning.
The Israelites too, it seems, operated in cycles.
They would hear God’s word, calling them to be faithful to the covenant, then they would succumb to temptation from their neighbours and indulge in idolatry.
So our Old Testament reading today is an exhortation to them to remain faithful, yet we know that they soon return to worshipping that which human hands have made.
Perhaps they’re just bored and want something like a golden calf to distract them.
We live in time, in which seasons occur and reoccur, not as a circle, but as a spiral.
Each revisit of a season has elements in common whilst being different.
We’ll soon be approaching the anniversary of when the lockdown began in Scotland and elsewhere. It was in the middle of Lent and it seemed most strange to celebrate the Paschal Mystery from our homes.
That Easter was so different from earlier occurrences. Hopefully, the spiral will show that we have moved closer on our journey to the Kingdom.
Music for reflection
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- We pray for all struggling with boredom
- and for those who bring light into darkened lives
- for the Camphill Communities in Scotland and around the world
- for those who help keep children and vulnerable adults safe.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Robert Nellist, our Treasurer and Diocesan PVG Officer.)
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
There are several books by Brother Roger of the Taizé Community from many booksellers.
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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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