Praying at Home Today: Friday 19 March 2021
Praying at home today:
Atonement for sin and empathy for others
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.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
Cor mundum crea in me, Deus,
et spiritum rectum innova in visceribus meis.
O Dieu, crée en moi un cœur pur,
renouvelle en moi un esprit bien disposé!
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
Atoning for sin seems a complicated topic.
Certainly, the rituals prescribed in Exodus are ornate and complex.
The altar of atonement is square, twice as high as it is wide; it’s also going to be heavy with all that gold.
The symbols are important for this daily ritual of offering incense and for the annual act of putting things right with God.
The responsibility is immense. The high priest
is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness;
and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people.
And one does not presume to take this honour, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
Jesus, our great high priest
In the anonymous Letter to the Hebrews, we learn that Jesus is the High Priest appointed by God, taking over the functions of the high priests of the Old Covenant by his single sacrifice for sin.
No more annual acts of atonement: “once, only once and once for all”.
The high priesthood is both fulfilled and abolished in Jesus.
And yet we, who share in his priesthood by baptism, can perhaps take on some of the attributes of the Old Testament high priest, described above: able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward since we ourselves are subject to weakness.
It’s certainly a good pastoral approach to be aware of one’s own weakness and to identify with others who find life challenging and tough.
Music for reflection
As the Church celebrates the life of Joseph of Nazareth,
we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- for single fathers
- for foster parents
- for those who dedicate their lives to others.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the care & protection of vulnerable children.)
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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