Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 14 April 2021
Praying at home today:
Trust, hope and confidence
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.
Christ is risen, alleluia.
He is risen indeed, alleluia.
Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace —
in peace because they trust in you.
Vetus error abiit: servabis pacem;
pacem, quia in te speravimus.
A celui qui est ferme dans ses intentions tu assures une paix profonde
parce qu’il se confie en toi.
The Liturgy of the Word
Trust, hope and confidence
Looking at the Latin version of today’s Short Reading, I noticed that the word translated as trust appears as “speravimus”.*
Reminding myself of what exactly this meant came up with two fascinating avenues for thought.
- Speravimus is the perfect active indicative, so “we have hoped”.
- Speravimus is the name of a blog by a remarkable chap called Daniel Pask, a man with a disability living in Canberra, Australia. He writes,
I’m passionate about the lives of people with disabilities – our joys, achievements, sorrows and setbacks. I want to encourage the people who support and love us, and stand firmly against obstacles placed in our way that may even threaten our very existence.
His honesty in describing his vulnerability (and many other people with disabilities) is inspirational.
* The French reads “confie”, confidence.
We can trust, we can hope and we can have confidence in the God who became vulnerable in the person of Jesus to share in the very depths of the human condition and to raise us up to be with God in God’s own time, eternity.
Music for reflection
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- for nurses, the often unseen heroes of our National Health Services
- for all people with disabilities of various kinds
and for a greater sense of respect by all for each other
- 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 Robert Nellist, our Treasurer and Diocesan PVG Officer.)
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.
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.