Praying at Home Today: Saturday 13 March 2021
Praying at home today:
For healing, for forgiveness
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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.
O give thanks to the Lord, for God is good;
for God’s steadfast love endures for ever.
Alleluja. Confitemini Domino, quoniam bonus,
quoniam in saeculum misericordia ejus.
Louez l’Eternel, car il est bon!
Oui, sa bonté dure éternellement.
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
When I was at seminary, a group of us joined with the local CofE Theological College for a fact-finding trip to Ireland (the Republic and the North).
This was in the Summer of 1983, during the height of the Troubles.
There were several significant moments during the trip, in which we met people from both sides of the divide, hearing their stories and gaining a greater understanding of the situation.
Before going to the far North to stay at the Corrymeela Community for a few days, we were in Derry and Belfast, shortly before the Westminster elections.
One Sunday, we visited the Martyrs Memorial Church in Belfast, where we heard a most extraordinary sermon by the Rev Ian Paisley, minister of the church and a Member of both Westminster and European Parliaments.
One of the lines from today’s Gospel reading was sung at that service as a hymn chorus: ‘Ye must be born again’. It’s quite a stirring number, even if the translation of the text may not be entirely accurate (the Greek probably reads “begotten/born from above/anew”).
As we journey through Lent, we pray that we may indeed be begotten from above and become ever more faithful to the God who is alive and who brings new life to all who turn to him in faith, hope and love.
Music for reflection
On the 25th anniversary of the Dunblane Tragedy,
we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- for those who are still scarred by the Tragedy
- for the people of Dunblane
and those who have moved away
- for all who have died by violence
and for those who mourn them
- for those who knew Thomas Watt Hamilton
- for forgiveness and healing.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray this weekend
for Alistair, Sarah, Gen and the Youth and Children’s ministries
and for all mothers during this very difficult time.)
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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