Praying at Home Today: Thursday 4 March 2021
Praying at home today:
Listening to God’s word and living it
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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.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
Non sunt loquelae, neque sermones,
quorum non audiantur voces eorum.
In omnem terram exivit sonus eorum,
et in fines orbis terrae verba eorum.
Ce n’est pas un langage, ce ne sont pas des paroles,
on n’entend pas leur son.
Cependant, leur voix parcourt toute la terre,
leurs discours vont jusqu’aux extrémités du monde.
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 genius of the Wesley brothers, whom we celebrated yesterday, was that we need not just to hear the Word but to live it.
This theme is picked up again today. The people of Israel are three months’ journey from Egypt and are at the foot of Mt Sinai, where Moses converses with the Lord.
In a veiling of sight, God’s voice is heard that they may trust Moses, their leader.
They were promised then that they would be a priestly kingdom and a holy nation.
As we know, however, despite all this, they kept turning away from God in preferring the latest god-fad.
The Apostle Peter, centuries later, invites us to come to Christ, the living stone, that we may also become living stones, forming a spiritual house, to be “a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”.
Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.
1 Peter 2:10
May we follow the example of Abbot Adrian and his companions in faithful lives, witnessing to the Risen Christ in our world.
Music for reflection
As the Church celebrates the lives of Adrian of Isle of May, Abbot, and his Companions (Martyrs, 875),
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 stability and a lasting peace in Myanmar and the Middle East
- for peace and justice throughout the world.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the Revd Val Nellist.)
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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