Praying at Home Today: Saturday 13 February 2021
Praying at home today:
For the peace of Jerusalem
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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.
As Jesus came near and saw the city [Jerusalem], he wept over it, saying,
If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace!
But now they are hidden from your eyes.
Et ut appropinquavit, videns civitatem flevit super illam, dicens:
Quia si cognovisses et tu, et quidem in hac die tua, quae ad pacem tibi:
nunc autem abscondita sunt ab oculis tuis.
Quand il approcha de la ville et qu’il la vit, Jésus pleura sur elle et dit:
Si seulement tu avais toi aussi reconnu, aujourd’hui, ce qui peut te donner la paix! Mais maintenant, cela est caché à tes yeux.
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
Many people who have visited the Holy Land have been to the small Franciscan church ‘Dominus Flevit’.
This is believed to be the place where Jesus wept over Jerusalem since it was still refusing to see the signs of the times.
It is an extraordinary experience to be in the Holy Land at all, tracing the steps of Jesus.
For me, this was one of the most profound moments, looking out over the city.
It shows a very human side to Jesus, himself a Jew.
And in our days, we weep for Jerusalem, the city that knows not peace, even though the opportunity is always there.
Members of the three principal world religions argue and bicker over territory instead of working together.
Politicians seek to divide rather than to unite.
And the people are left confused and frightened.
On this day, let us
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
They shall prosper that love thee.
Peace be within thy walls,
and plenteousness within thy palaces.
For my brethren and companions’ sakes,
I will wish thee prosperity.
Yea, because of the house
of the Lord our God,
I will seek to do thee good.
Music for reflection
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- for the peace of the world,
especially in the Holy Land and its surrounding countries
- for the people of Palestine, deprived of a homeland
- for those who work for reconciliation and justice
- for Franciscans and the Poor Clares, dedicated to simplicity of life.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Alistair, Sarah, Gen and Youth and Children’s ministries
and for those delivering and administering the Vaccines.)
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
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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.
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