Praying at Home Today: Monday 1 March 2021
Praying at home today:
Joy and laughter in the light of God’s love
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.
Now Sarah said, ‘God has brought laughter for me;
everyone who hears will laugh with me.’
Dixitque Sara: Risum fecit mihi Deus:
quicumque audierit, corridebit mihi.
Sara dit: «Dieu m’a donné un sujet de rire
et tous ceux qui l’apprendront riront de moi.»
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
Religion often gets bad press, accused of being gloomy and miserable: “O Lord, I am not worthy”; “I’m so awful”, etc. etc.
And yet, here we have Sarah openly laughing with joy at the birth of her son so late in life.
This joy is quite a contrast to the cynical, unbelieving laughter of just a year before when she overheard her 99-year-old husband being told that they would become parents.
In fact, joy and laughter are common characteristics of faith (and why shouldn’t they be?).
You have loved righteousness
and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God,
has anointed you
with the oil of gladness
beyond your companions.’
In the light of God’s love,
joy and laughter
are essential signs and symptoms
– even in Lent!
So today let’s focus on the small things that matter – practising mindfulness –
and find joy and calm in them.
Music for reflection
As the Church celebrates the life and mission of St David, (Bishop, c 544, Patron of Wales),
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 the people of Wales
that they may ever grow in faith, love and hospitality
- for the ongoing situation in Myanmar
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
that we “attend to the small things”.)
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.
you see that we lack the strength to help ourselves:
protect us both inwardly and outwardly;
that our bodies may be guarded from adversity,
and our minds may be defended from such thoughts as assault and harm the soul;
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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