Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 27 April 2021
Praying at home today:
The Lamb as a model for ministry
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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.
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.
For the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd,
and will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Quoniam Agnus, qui in medio throni est, reget illos
et deducet eos ad vitae fontes aquarum,
et absterget Deus omnem lacrimam ab oculis eorum.
En effet, l’Agneau qui est au milieu du trône prendra soin d’eux
et les conduira aux sources des eaux de la vie,
et Dieu essuiera toute larme de leurs yeux.
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
Yesterday’s short reading was
Do not lord it over those in your charge,
but be examples to the flock.
In today’s reading from Revelation 7, we see a glorious paradox: the Good Shepherd is the Lamb.
And this is a great image for ministry (of all kinds): recognising that authority in the Church comes from Jesus Christ, who himself is both lamb and shepherd.
We must all follow the example of John the Baptist;
He must increase,
I must decrease.
The thing is, though, that in doing this, we become more fully alive in Christ as we reflect, or rather show his life in us.
As St Irenaeus didn’t actually say (although it’s a good misquote):
The glory of God is a human being fully alive.
What he actually wrote was:
For the glory of God is a living person
but the life of the human person
comes from the vision of God…
the revelation of the Father
which comes through the Word
gives life to those who see God.
Canon Albert Ernest Laurie served at Old Saint Paul’s (OSP), in Edinburgh, from his appointment as Lay Reader, then, following ordination, as curate and then Rector, until his death in 1937. He was awarded the Military Cross twice during the First World War for treating the injured on the battlefield.
He worked with the poor and had a great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.
May he inspire us today.
Music for reflection
As the Church celebrates the life and witness of Albert Ernest Laurie (priest, 1937),
we pray at home today for the needs of our world:
- for ministers facing burnout
that they may rediscover the sources of living water
- for peace and justice
- that we may bring healing and hope to others.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Revd Christoph Wutscher, our Rector.)
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.
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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