Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 30 March 2021
Praying at home today:
The Servant's mission – light for the nations
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!
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.
God said, ‘It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to restore the survivors of Israel;
I will give you as a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.’
Dominus dixit: Parum est ut sis mihi servus
ad suscitandas tribus Jacob,
et faeces Israel convertendas:
ecce dedi te in lucem gentium,
ut sis salus mea usque ad extremum terrae.
L’Eternel dit: «C’est trop peu que tu sois mon serviteur
pour relever les tribus de Jacob
et pour ramener les restes d’Israël:
je t’établis pour être la lumière des nations,
pour apporter mon salut jusqu’aux extrémités de la terre.»
The Liturgy of the Word
One link to all four readings
Separate links to each reading
Isaiah’s Song of the Suffering Servant continues.
We too can feel at the end of our strength.
The words of the Suffering Servant may also apply to us at times,
I have laboured in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
but with the Servant we can also express hope:
Yet surely my cause is with the Lord,
and my reward with my God.
The Servant’s mission isn’t simply to restore the tribes of Jacob, God’s people, Israel; it goes way beyond this to a universal vocation: to be a light to the nations that God’s salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.
If you have a palm cross or some local greenery (which is, after all, what the original participants used!), then you can keep it out during the course of this week.
Music for reflection
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- for all who suffer,
in mind, body or spirit
- for the anxious and for the depressed
- for us all as we journey through this Holy Week.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for victims of domestic abuse and for the invaluable work of Stirling Women’s Aid.)
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.
as you delivered the Hebrews safely
out of the long labour of slavery,
so, morning by morning,
you draw us forth into the new day.
Surround us with a cloud of witnesses,
and sustain us by your powerful word,
that, in the night of loneliness and fear,
we, being weary, may not lose heart
but push toward the joy that is to come,
labouring with Christ
to give birth to your promised kingdom.
Returning to the world
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
In these strange times, we are called to trust
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.