Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 9 March 2021
Praying at home today:
A pure heart create for us, O 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.
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.
In the first year of his reign, in the first month,
Hezekiah opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them.
Ipse, anno et mense primo regni sui,
Ezechias aperuit valvas domus Domini, et instauravit eas.
La première année de son règne, le premier mois,
Ezéchias ouvrit les portes de la maison de l’Eternel et les répara.
2 Chronicles 29:3
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 Books of Chronicles, along with Ezra and Nehemiah form a different part of the Hebrew Scriptures. Unlike earlier books, which focussed on Israel’s history, the writers of these draw attention to the attitude of mind which prevailed in Israel following the Babylonian exile.
The nation is now seen not as one engaged in political and military events but instead, under the guidance of prophets and priests, as a religious community mindful of God’s covenant and its calling given to them at Sinai to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (which we heard about last week).
In a sense, they are going through their Lent on the way to re-establishing their relationship with the God who created and chose them.
So the first thing that the King does, in his first month is to establish this new relationship, by ordering the cleaning of the temple and removing from it all that is alien to the worship of the one God.
In time, of course, the sins of the flesh were replaced by the sins of the spirit, including self-righteousness and intolerance, which so necessitated the challenge brought by Jesus and which was so feared and hated by the religious establishment.
Our lesson today
On our journey, we too must face the same challenges; it’s so easy to fall victim to the temptations of intolerance and self-righteousness. failings roundly condemned by Jesus.
The spiritual path is always a challenge, a testing so that we may truly become God’s people,
a royal priesthood,
a holy nation
set apart to sing the praises of God
who has called us into God’s wonderful light.
Music for reflection
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world.
- For peace and justice, and a fairer distribution of the good things on earth
- For politicians, and business leaders, whose actions affect the lives of countless other people
- For those who care for the sick and the dying
- For teachers and students in these challenging times.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Cathy Johnston, our Lay Representative.)
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.
we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves:
when we are discouraged by our weakness,
give us strength to follow Christ, our pattern and our hope;
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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