Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 17 March 2021
Praying at home today:
Celebrating freedom from darkness
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.
Some sat in darkness and in gloom,
prisoners in misery and in irons.
God brought them out of darkness and gloom,
and broke their bonds asunder.
Sedentes in tenebris et umbra mortis;
vinctos in mendicitate et ferro.
Et eduxit eos de tenebris et umbra mortis,
et vincula eorum dirupit.
Ceux qui habitaient dans les ténèbres et l’ombre de la mortis
étaient prisonniers de la misère et des chaînes.
L’Etérnel les a fait sortir des ténèbres et de l’ombre de la mort,
il a arraché leurs liens.
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
Such words of hope and promise in today’s readings!
Isaiah (Third Isaiah), in his passage on the light coming to the darkness, brings us a sense of hope that even when things seem at their darkest, the promise of light is always there.
The sun shall no longer be
your light by day,
nor for brightness shall the moon
give light to you by night;
but the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
Your sun shall no more go down,
or your moon withdraw itself;
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your days of mourning shall be ended.
Jesus, speaking to his disciples says,
I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me
will never walk in darkness
but will have the light of life.
What he spoke 2000 years ago, the Lord speaks again to us today.
Perhaps this chant from Taizé can help us:
Within our darkest night
you kindle the fire that never dies away,
that never dies away.
Dans nos obscurités
allume le feu qui ne s’éteint jamais,
qui ne s’éteint jamais.
Music for reflection
As the Church celebrates the life of Patrick (Bishop, Patron of Ireland, 461),
we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- for the Irish people
- for continued peace and stability in Northern Ireland
- that Ireland may be an example to other nations.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Irish political and church leaders.)
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.
grant that we, who are weighed down by our sins,
may be relieved and encouraged by your grace;
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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