Praying at Home Today: Thursday 6 May 2021
Praying at home today:
Courage to listen to God’s Word
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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.
Therefore I sent for you immediately,
and you have been kind enough to come.
So now all of us are here in the presence of God
to listen to all that the Lord has commanded you to say.
Confestim ergo misi ad te:
et tu benefecisti veniendo.
Nunc ergo omnes nos in conspectu tuo adsumus
audire omnia quaecumque tibi praecepta sunt a Domino.
J’ai alors tout de suite envoyé quelqu’un vers toi
et tu as bien fait de venir.
Maintenant donc nous sommes tous devant Dieu
pour écouter tout ce que le Seigneur t’a ordonné de nous dire.
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
The Apostle Peter faces challenges.
Brought up in the Jewish faith, Peter naturally had a framework within which he thought (as do we all).
However, this framework was challenged in a vision in which what he’d previously considered to be unclean was not so for God.
So, when invited to the house of Cornelius, the Roman centurion, he accepted that invitation and was made most welcome. This represented a fundamental change for the early Christian community.
We too are invited to think outside of our cognitive framework and see things in a new light.
Perhaps today, as Scotland (and other countries) go to the polls to elect their representatives, we might see beyond a narrow way of thinking in order to embrace the possibilities that could emerge.
It is natural to fear change; we get set in our ways.
However, there are challenges we all face, not least the climate emergency, injustice and inequality.
It took courage for Peter to go to the centurion’s house; after all, they were the enemy. Perhaps it also took courage for Cornelius to have a rocky rabble-rouser in his house.
As we spend this time consciously in God’s presence, we are invited to listen attentively to all that the Lord is telling us today.
Music for reflection
On this election day, as many of us participate in democracy,
we pray at home today for the needs of our world.
- For election candidates and their campaign teams in Scotland
and throughout these islands
- for other countries voting for their representatives at this time
- for El Salvador, Afghanistan and the Middle East
- for all affected by the climate emergency.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
that we vote after prayer and reflection.)
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.
who alone can bring harmony to the minds of your faithful people:
give us grace to love the things you command,
and to desire the things you promise;
that, amid the uncertain changes of this world,
our hearts may be firmly fixed where true joys are to be found;
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
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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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