Praying at Home Today: Monday 26 April 2021
Praying at home today:
Healing for abuse
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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.
Do not lord it over those in your charge,
but be examples to the flock.
Neque ut dominantes in cleris,
sed forma facti gregis ex animo.
Non en dominant sur ceux qui vous sont confiés,
mais en étant les modèles du troupeau.
1 Peter 5:3
The Liturgy of the Word
The call to ministry is both a huge privilege and an immense challenge.
Through our baptism, we are all called to witness to the love of God and to help bring about the kingdom in the lives of each other and those we encounter day by day.
For those called to a special ministry as bishop, priest or deacon, or in one of various lay ministries, there is the same baptismal calling at the root of vocation.
Additionally, there are specific roles in the Church filled by those called to these ministries.
The Apostle Peter, Rocky, warns those “in charge” not to lord it over others but to be an example.
Too often, people in positions of authority have abused that privilege and that calling.
Jesus’ words about harming little children come to mind:
‘If any of you put a stumbling-block
before one of these little ones
who believe in me,
it would be better for you
if a great millstone were hung
around your neck
and you were thrown into the sea.
We pray for all who have experienced abuse,
for healing and forgiveness
through the cross of Christ.
Music for reflection
On this feast of Mark, Evangelist,
we pray at home today for the needs of our world:
- for those who have been abused by Church ministers
that they may experience healing
- for abusers
that they may return to God in true penitence
- for peace and justice
and an end to tyranny
- that we may bring healing and hope to those we meet.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the Scottish Episcopal Institute, its staff and students.)
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.
the light of whose truth stretches out to those who go astray,
that they may return to the path of righteousness:
give your grace to all who profess themselves Christians,
that they may cast out what is harmful,
and pursue all that gives life;
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.