Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 2 February 2021
Praying at home today:
proclaiming Jesus Christ as the Light of the Nations
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.
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.
Happy are those who live in your house,
ever singing your praise.
Beati qui habitant in domo tua, Domine;
in saecula saeculorum laudabunt te.
Heureux ceux qui habitent ta maison:
ils peuvent te célébrer sans cesse.
The Liturgy of the Word
Here are today’s Bible readings.
You can read just one, or all four if you have time.
One link to all four readings
Separate links to each reading
Simeon and Anna in the Temple
awaiting the Promised One
We only hear of these two servants of God in Luke’s Gospel.
It’s a very human story; one of lives dedicated to the service of God.
Anna and Simeon are both elderly and spend all their time in the Temple, i.e. in God’s presence.
They know of the prophecies of the Promised One.
Perhaps they hadn’t expected a small child.
Yet they recognised Jesus when they saw him.
Today we celebrate the witness of these two saintly people who lived continually in the presence of God.
With them (although we’re currently not able to enter our own churches) we can live in God’s presence today and be ever singing the praise of God who comes to us as a tiny child with the shadow of the cross.
And we leave Christmastide for this year, taking down the tree and lights as we await the beginning of Lent in just over two weeks.
Until then, we can take heart from Anna and Simeon, prophets of the Light of the World.
Music for reflection
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- that we may share the light of Christ with those we know and love
even if we can’t see them.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
may we proclaim Jesus Christ as the Light of the Nations.)
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.
Almighty and everlasting God:
as your only-begotten Son was presented and received in the temple,
so may we welcome and proclaim him as the light of the nations and the glory of your people;
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
* 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
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.
Music engraved by The Art of Music.
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