Praying at Home Today: Friday 26 March 2021

Praying at Home Today: Friday 26 March 2021

Praying at home today:
Known by our name

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A warm welcome to, 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.
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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.

Short reading

Observe the month of Abib by keeping the passover to the Lord your God,
for in the month of Abib the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night.

Observa mensem novarum frugum, et verni primum temporis, ut facias Phase Domino Deo tuo:
quoniam in isto mense eduxit te Dominus Deus tuus de AEgypto nocte.

Observe le mois des épis et célèbre la Pâque en l’honneur de l’Eternel, ton Dieu.
En effet, c’est au cours du mois des épis que l’Eternel, ton Dieu,
t’a fait sortir d’Egypte, pendant la nuit.

Deuteronomy 16:1

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

Well, that was confusing!

I always understood that the Passover took place on 14 Nisan; however, in today’s OT reading, it says 14 Abib.

It turns out that Abib is the Canaanite name for the first month of the year (March to April); it wasn’t until after the exile that the Jewish name, Nisan, was used.

Harriet Monsell (1811 – 25 March 1883)

Harriet Monsell founded the Community of St John Baptist, an order of Augustinian nuns in the Church of England dedicated to social service, which by her death had expanded to numerous houses, including in India and the Americas.

(She is celebrated on 26th March as the 25th is the Annunciation.)

Her community focussed their efforts on unmarried mothers and other women on the edges of society.

By accepting the women for who they were, rather than by their situation, they were known by their name, not simply as a problem.

And so it is with God, who knows each of us by our name and loves us despite what we may have become in the eyes of others.


Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

On this day when the Church celebrates Harriet Monsell (1883),
we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:

  • for women on the edges of society
  • for unmarried mothers
    and for their children,
    especially those still suffering from the stigma from a former age
  • that we may rejoice that our names are written on the palm of God’s hand.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the Sisters of Saint John the Baptist (SSJB sisters) and for “The Clewer Initiative”.)

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.

The Lord’s Prayer

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

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.

La Prière du Seigneur (2017)

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.

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.

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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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