Praying at Home Today: Friday 19 February 2021
Praying at home today:
justified by grace
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.
We do not present our supplication before you
on the ground of our righteousness,
but on the ground of your great mercies.
Neque enim in justificationibus nostris prosternimus preces ante faciem tuam,
sed in miserationibus tuis multis.
En effet, ce n’est pas en nous appuyant sur nos actes de justice
que nous te présentons nos supplications,
mais en nous appuyant sur ta grande compassion.
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
As we saw yesterday, we have a propensity for self-deception, either not recognising our need for God or that we are too hopeless a case for God to be able to do anything about our perceived uselessness.
There is also a danger that our prayer for forgiveness and healing is somehow justifiable due to our intrinsic goodness; in fact, however, this costly mercy, God’s loving-kindness, is freely given when we have no grounds for it.
The Apostle Paul brilliantly expresses this theology of redemption:
Hope does not disappoint us,
because God’s love has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit
that has been given to us.
For while we were still weak,
at the right time
Christ died for the ungodly.
Indeed, rarely will anyone die
for a righteous person
—though perhaps for a good person
someone might actually dare to die.
But God proves his love for us
in that while we still were sinners
Christ died for us.
Of course, grace builds on nature and we are called to co-operate with God’s plan for us.
And this is truly sharing in God’s work of redeeming the world as we continue this work in our daily lives.
Music for reflection
As the Church celebrates the life and witness of Martin Luther (Reformer, 1545),
we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- for oppressed peoples throughout the world
- for frontline workers in the fight against the coronavirus.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for our Altar Servers: Brian, Mike and Suzanne.)
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.
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.
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.
grant that your faithful people
may enter this season of penitence with faithfulness,
and complete it with steadfast devotion;
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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