Praying at Home Today: Friday 16 April 2021

Praying at Home Today: Friday 16 April 2021

Praying at home today:
Confidence and fidelity, trusting in God's goodness

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

There are many who say, “O that we might see some good!”
Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!

Multi dicunt: Quis ostendit nobis bona?
Signatum est super nos lumen vultus tui, Domine.

Beaucoup disent: «Qui nous fera voir le bonheur?»
Fais briller la lumière de ton visage sur nous, Eternel!

Psalm 4:6

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

Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord

In a sense, Daniel represents the whole of the house of Israel.

Following their return from the 70-year exile in Babylon, despite being back home, they sense that they have been out of favour with God for hundreds of years, always under attack from alien forces.

This long wait was an acute dilemma for the faithful ones.

In Daniel 9 we hear the angel Gabriel tell Daniel that Jeremiah really meant not 70 years but 70 weeks of years, i.e., 490 years.

At the end of the reading, we hear that

Again one in human form touched me and strengthened me.
He said, ‘Do not fear, greatly beloved, you are safe.
Be strong and courageous!’

When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said,
‘Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.

As one of the apocalyptic books (relating to the last times), this message, at a time that would fulfil the 490 years timeline, would encourage the people to brace themselves for a last effort at defeating the enemy.

John’s First Letter speaks similarly of confidence and fidelity, trusting in God’s goodness:

And now, little children, abide in him,
so that when he is revealed
we may have confidence
and not be put to shame before him
at his coming.

1 John 2:28

As life seems uncertain for us, we can hold onto our commitment to living in God’s presence, day by day.

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Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

As the Church celebrates the life and ministry of Magnus of Orkney (c. 1116),
we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:

  • for India, experiencing a huge increase in Covid-19 cases
  • for those awaiting the results of tests
  • 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
that the Orkney Festival is held in some form this year.)

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:
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.
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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