Praying at Home Today: Saturday 27 February 2021
Praying at home today:
The God who sees
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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.
The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness,
the spring on the way to Shur.
Cumque invenisset eam angelus Domini juxta fontem aquae in solitudine,
qui est in via Sur in deserto.
L’ange de l’Eternel la trouva près d’une source d’eau dans le désert,
près de la source qui est sur le chemin de Shur.
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
Hagar has run away, having been badly treated by her mistress Sarai, the wife of Abram.
She encounters the presence of God by a source of water in the desert and is assured that the son she is carrying will be the father of many peoples.
Hagar, the mother of Ishmael (‘God hears’), recognises that God is One who sees and hears the cry of the poor.
When Jesus asks his disciples who people say he is, they answer variously: John the Baptist (although that’s impossible!), Elijah or one of the prophets.
The impetuous Peter then speaks up, “You are the Messiah, the Christ”.
“Rocky” sees somehow that the man walking along with them is in some way the very presence of God’s self.
Literally, God sees and hears them.
And God, the God of the living waters, sees and hears us even before we call on God’s name.
Music for reflection
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- in this Fairtrade Fortnight, we give thanks for all who labour in the hope of a just wage
and for all helping to make work and trade more equitable
- for an end to war and strife
that peace may prevail
- for the safe release of the Nigerian schoolgirls
- for prisoners, prison staff and their families.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray this weekend
for the health & well-being of Ambulance Service staff
and for medical practices and local pharmacies.)
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.
whose Son fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet did not sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in submission to your Spirit,
that, as you know our weakness,
so we may know your power to save;
through the same 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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