Praying at Home Today: Friday 9 April 2021

Praying at Home Today: Friday 9 April 2021

Praying at home today:
The call to live in unity

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

How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!

Ecce quam bonum et quam jucundum,
habitare fratres in unum!

Oh! Qu’il est agréable, qu’il est doux
pour des frères de demeurer ensemble!

Psalm 132(133):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

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

I’ve always found the concept of oil running down Aaron’s beard (Psalm 132(133):2) just a bit wierd.

However, the concept of oil as a way of reducing friction is well established. Cogs in a machine function better if they are well-oiled, with the added benefit of enabling the machine to last longer.

As our readings invite us to think about a united group of the followers of Jesus, we might like to reflect on how the Spirit of God brings us together.

And as we truly draw closer to Jesus, so we draw closer to one another.

This isn’t just about how we perceive Jesus (natural though that is to us) but discovering who he really is. And this challenge is a lifetime’s journey: a marathon, not a sprint.

So we can be patient and kind to ourselves and one another. 

How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!

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

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Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

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

  • for an end to fear and danger
  • for the troubled communities in Northern Ireland
  • for politicians
  • that we may bring healing and hope to others.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
in union with Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Martyr, 1945)
“This is the end – for me, it is the beginning of life”.)

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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