Praying at Home Today: Monday 8 February 2021
Praying at home today:
Life-giving events from unsuspected sources
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.
Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
so that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord.
Scribantur haec in generatione altera,
et populus qui creabitur laudabit Dominum.
Que cela soit écrit pour la génération future,
et que le peuple ainsi créé célèbre l’Eternel.
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 rather confusing, and strange, story in the Old Testament reading is about Elijah’s successor, Elisha, known for miraculous events, latterly with political interventions.
In this story, he rewards a woman’s kindness and generosity with the promise that she will have a son.
Following a gap of some years (referred to in the missing verses), that son is in the fields with his father, when he has some sort of pain in the head, perhaps sunstroke, and is dead within a few hours.
The mother sets out immediately for Mount Carmel to find Elisha and will not leave him until he returns with her.
At the heart of Elisha’s strange ritual is the inbreathing of life into the dead boy, reminiscent of both the Genesis creation story and the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel.
Walking around the room is the sign of someone alive, while the boy’s sevenfold sneezing is a perfect sign of his being alive.
So what has this to say to us today?
Maybe it’s that through odd happenings from strange sources we can receive the gift of God’s life and that we need to be open to that new life given freely and generously.
Music for reflection
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- for anyone in trouble at this time
including those affected by the burst Himalayan glacier in India
- for journalists
and with thanksgiving for the release from prison of Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the continuing fellowship of the “Tiny Tots Café”.)
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.
O Lord, watch over your household with constant love:
that, supported by you alone,
we may always stand firm in your protection;
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
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
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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