Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 13 April 2021
Praying at home today:
Spirituality and young people
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.
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.
They have mouths, but they do not speak;
they have eyes, but they do not see;
They have ears, but they do not hear,
and there is no breath in their mouths.
Os habent, et non loquentur;
oculos habent, et non videbunt.
Aures habent, et non audient;
neque enim est spiritus in ore ipsorum.
Elles ont une bouche mais ne parlent pas,
elles ont des yeux mais ne voient pas,
elles ont des oreilles mais n’entendent pas,
elles n’ont pas de souffle dans leur bouche.
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
John, in his letter to the early Christian community, commends them for their faithfulness, praising especially the young people:
I write to you, young people,
because you are strong
and the word of God abides in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.
This is quite a change for young people, who are often treated as being irresponsible.
Here they are being praised, and rightly so!
The enthusiasm of youth is something that all too easily gets forgotten as we get older.
Their passion for justice, for what’s fair and what’s right, is often dismissed as immature and unrealistic.
Oh, to rediscover that naivete!
Jesus called the little children to him:
the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.
Note “such as these”: those literally children and those spiritually like them, trusting, believing in fairness for all.
Oh, that we were there!
Music for reflection
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- for our broken world
- for those who fear change
- for a fair distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine
- that we may bring healing and hope to others.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Rachel Campbell, Secretary and Vestry Members.)
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.
in your great goodness,
grant that we, as pilgrims through the Easter mysteries,
may hold them fast in our lives;
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.
Thank you for joining us in praying at home.
Oremus pro invicem.
In these strange times, we are called to trust
There are several books by Brother Roger of the Taizé Community from many booksellers.
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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.
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