Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 7 April 2021

Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 7 April 2021

Praying at home today:
The unspoken witness of Mary Magdalene

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.

Christ is risen, alleluia.
He is risen indeed, alleluia.

Short reading

But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee;
there you will see him, just as he told you.

Sed ite, dicite discipulis ejus, et Petro, quia praecedit vos in Galilaeam:
ibi eum videbitis, sicut dixit vobis.

Mais allez dire à ses disciples et à Pierre qu’il vous précède en Galilée:
c’est là que vous le verrez, comme il vous l’a dit.

Mark 16:7

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

Christ is risen, alleluia.
He is risen indeed, alleluia.

In Mark’s account of the empty tomb, the angel tells the three women that Jesus is not there but that they are to tell the disciples and Peter, as their leader, that he has returned to Galilee, where they will see him.

The longer ending to Mark’s Gospel, following verse 8, sees Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene. as the first witness to the Resurrection.

As we learned last Advent, Mary of Magdala (a “tower”?) is an interesting figure, much maligned by a male-dominated Church.

The little that we know about her tells us that she was relatively well-to-do, she had been unwell (she had had seven demons cast out by Jesus) and that she was eternally grateful to him.

Mary Magdalene provides us with a unique perspective.

Alleluia!

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Prayer Suggestions

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

  • for all who suffer loss
  • for the poor and hungry
  • for those with no home
  • that we may bring healing and hope to others.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
that we may rejoice at the good things and new skills acquired [during lockdown].)

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

Almighty God,
who, through your Son, Jesus Christ,
have overcome death and opened the gates of eternal life:
grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of his resurrection,
may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit;
through the same 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.
Alleluia.

Benedicamus Domino.
Deo gratias.
Alleluia.

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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