Praying at Home Today: Saturday 6 March 2021

Praying at Home Today: Saturday 6 March 2021

Praying at home today:
receiving the Word of God with joy

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!
Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France

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.
Amen.

Short reading

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Et erunt ut complaceant eloquia oris mei,
et meditatio cordis mei in conspectu tuo semper.
Domine, adjutor meus, et redemptor meus.

Fais bon accueil aux paroles de ma bouche
et aux sentiments de mon cœur,
Eternel, mon rocher, toi qui me rachètes!

Psalm 18(19):14

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

Short Reflection

A version of our Short Reading is often used to introduce a sermon, albeit with a variant.

In this short prayer, the homilist is seeking that his/her words may be one with God’s word.

It’s a conjoining with the Word of God – indeed Vatican 2’s Constitution on the Liturgy speaks highly of the homily as part of the proclamation of the Word of God:

The treasures of the bible are to be opened up more lavishly, so that richer fare may be provided for the faithful at the table of God’s word.

In this way a more representative portion of the holy scriptures will be read to the people in the course of a prescribed number of years.

By means of the homily the mysteries of the faith and the guiding principles of the Christian life are expounded from the sacred text, during the course of the liturgical year; the homily, therefore, is to be highly esteemed as part of the liturgy itself;
in fact, at those Masses which are celebrated with the assistance of the people on Sundays and feasts of obligation, it should not be omitted except for a serious reason.

Vatican 2: Sacrosanctum Concilium, 47f

The final words, that the homily should not be omitted except for a serious reason, shows the vital importance of preaching.

For it unpacks the Word of God, making it intelligible to God’s people in this time and in this place.

On the mountain

We read about Moses on Mt Sinai and about Jesus, talking with Moses and Elijah on the mountain.

In both of these stories, God is speaking – in fact there is a conversation., with speakers and listeners.

A dialogue

The variant of this verse, “and the mediation of all our hearts” reminds us that there is indeed a dialogue going on. Even if only one person is speaking, there is still a dialogue as we attune our ears and minds and hearts to what the homilist is saying.

This is full, conscious and actual participation in the sacred liturgy, to which we aim day by day, Sunday by Sunday, Season by Season and year by year as God works out God’s purpose in our lives.

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Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

As the Church celebrates the life of St Baldred (Bishop, 608),
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 those preparing tomorrow’s liturgy
    and for all of us as we share in worship
  • for the Dominicans, the Order of Preachers.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray this weekend
for those delivering and administering Covid-19 vaccines
and for carers who are physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted.)

For all who have asked for our prayers.

a moment of silence

Pray for us all
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.

L’Église Catholique de Paris

Concluding prayer

O God,
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.
Amen.

Returning to the world

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Benedicamus Domino.
Deo gratias.

Thank you for joining us in praying at home.
Oremus pro invicem.

In these strange times, we are called to trust

Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France
* You can find more organ music from Holy Trinity Church, Stirling
on Alistair Warwick‘s website and on SoundCloud

There are several books by Brother Roger of the Taizé Community from many booksellers.

You can buy The Complete Chronicles of Narnia at Bookshop.org

Praying at Home Today: Acknowledgements

The lectionary for weekdays is taken from the Vanderbilt Divinity Library.

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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