Praying at Home Today: Saturday 20 March 2021
Praying at home today:
Redemption in Christ & learning how to be loved
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.
O Lord, I have heard of your renown,
and I stand in awe, O Lord, of your work.
In our own time revive it;
in our own time make it known.
in wrath may you remember mercy.
Domine, audivi auditionem tuam, et timui.
Domine, opus tuum, in medio annorum vivifica illud;
in medio annorum notum facies:
cum iratus fueris, misericordiae recordaberis.
Eternel, j’ai entendu ce que tu as annoncé, je suis saisi de crainte.
Accomplis ton œuvre dans le cours des années, Eternel,
dans le cours des années fais-la connaître,
mais dans ta colère souviens-toi de ta compassion!
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
As people grow in their understanding of God, so does their concept of what it means to be saved.
It is clear from today’s first reading that being saved is “from the hands of our enemies”: a military solution to a military problem.
Indeed, this may still be valid, to a certain extent.
And yet, the God we are called to follow is one who is vulnerable, who doesn’t strike back, who allows himself to be tortured, taking on the sins of the world.
Redemption, then, is more than just winning.
It is realigning ourselves to conform to the God-man Jesus, who shows us how to live, how to love.
He also shows us how to be loved.
Jesus accepts the gift of anointing by Mary, a precious anointing foreshadowing his death and burial.
And the fragrance of the risen Christ
is one that lifts us up,
as incense rises before God.
Music for reflection
As the Church celebrates the life of Cuthbert (Bishop, 687),
we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- like Cuthbert,
may we respect all of creation
- like Cuthbert,
may we seek you in everything
- like Cuthbert,
may we give our lives in the service of others.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for those suffering, often hidden, physical and mental ill-health.)
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.
Other worship resources
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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