Praying at Home Today: Friday 5 March 2021
Praying at home today:
Be still and know that I am God
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.If this is your first visit to this website, then you might like to read about the common elements and the suggested structure for each day’s prayer. Everything’s optional!
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.
Then the Lord said to Moses,
“Take off the sandals from your feet,
for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”
Dixit autem illi Dominus:
Solve calceamentum pedum tuorum:
locus enim in quo stas, terra sancta est.
Le Seigneur lui a dit:
Retire tes sandales,
car l’endroit où tu te tiens est une terre sainte.
The Liturgy of the Word
Today’s Old Testament reading picks up directly from yesterday’s.
The Lord, veiled from sight, speaks with Moses on Mount Sinai.
Now, just a few months after leaving Egypt, the people are consecrated to be God’s own special holy nation.
Even the mountain is sacred and must not be approached until the right time, God’s time.
Mount Sinai, of course, is where Moses previously met God in the Burning Bush, it is the locus of God’s presence.
This story isn’t just about the past; it’s also about us in the present day.
Currently, we are unable to worship in church (indeed for those who can, it is an immense privilege and responsibility).
One day, God willing, we will be able again to participate fully in the sacred liturgy.
Perhaps this (rather extended) time of fasting is crucial for us to rediscover the sense of sacredness and otherness.
To be filled with the awe that Jacob felt at Bethel (“Truly this is the house of God”).
Locus iste a Deo factus est,
This place was made by God,
a priceless sacrament;
it is without reproach.
And, as we were reminded yesterday,
we are that sacred place,
made by God
into a spiritual house
in which we are at-one with God
through the cross and resurrection of Jesus.
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 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 Covid-19 patients and their families.)
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.
In these strange times, we are called to trust
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.