Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 23 March 2021

Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 23 March 2021

Praying at home today:
For the promise of hope

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.
If this is your first visit to this website, then you might like to read about the common elements and the suggested structure for each day’s prayer. Everything’s optional!
Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France

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.
Amen.

Short reading

For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground
I will pour my spirit upon your descendants,
and my blessing on your offspring.
They shall spring up like a green tamarisk,
like willows by flowing streams.

Effundam enim aquas super sitientem,
et fluenta super aridam;
effundam spiritum meum super semen tuum,
et benedictionem meam super stirpem tuam:
et germinabunt inter herbas,
quasi salices juxta praeterfluentes aquas.

En effet, je verserai de l’eau sur la terre qui a soif
et des ruisseaux sur le terrain sec;
je déverserai mon Esprit sur ta descendance
et ma bénédiction sur tes rejetons.
Ils pousseront au milieu de l’herbe
comme les saules près des cours d’eau.

Isaiah 44:3f

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

Short Reflection

Naturally, there’s still a lot of fear around at the moment.

Even with vaccines and the infection rates falling, at least where we are, there is still fear of the unknown when we are eventually allowed to leave our homes.

Today, someone said that he felt that we were living in an open prison and I guess that’s quite a good analogy: we’ve some freedom to move around but not much.

And perhaps we’re feeling quite dried up, spiritually, emotionally and physically.

Do not fear, O Jacob my servant,
Jeshurun whom I have chosen.

Our first reading today speaks of water poured out on the thirsty ground, bringing life where there was none.

As we approach Holy Week, we are invited to “come to the waters”, to the One who pours out that water that will cleanse us and slake our thirst. 

Do not fear, or be afraid;
have I not told you from of old
    and declared it?
You are my witnesses!

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Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:

  • for those who live in desert places
  • for refugees
  • for all who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world
  • for the promise of hope.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for our Altar Servers: Brian, Mike and Suzanne.)

For all who have asked for our prayers.

a moment of silence

Pray for us all
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.

L’Église Catholique de Paris

Concluding prayer

Merciful God,
look upon your family as we travel to the foot of the cross:
and, by your great goodness, guide us in body;
that, by your protection, we may also be preserved in heart and mind;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
world without end.
Amen.

Returning to the world

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Benedicamus Domino.
Deo gratias.

Thank you for joining us in praying at home.
Oremus pro invicem.

In these strange times, we are called to trust

Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France
* You can find more organ music from Holy Trinity Church, Stirling
on Alistair Warwick‘s website and on SoundCloud

There are several books by Brother Roger of the Taizé Community from many booksellers.

You can buy The Complete Chronicles of Narnia at Bookshop.org

Praying at Home Today: Acknowledgements

The lectionary for weekdays is taken from the Vanderbilt Divinity Library.

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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