Praying at Home Today: Friday 7 May 2021
Praying at home today:
Proclamation of the Word of God and the giving of the Holy Spirit
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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.
Thus says God, the Lord,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people upon it
and spirit to those who walk in it.
Haec dicit Dominus Deus,
creans caelos, et extendens eos;
firmans terram, et quae germinant ex ea;
dans flatum populo qui est super eam,
et spiritum calcantibus eam.
Voici ce que dit l’Eternel, le Dieu
qui a créé le ciel et l’a déployé,
qui a disposé la terre et tout ce qu’elle produit
et qui donne la respiration à ceux qui la peuplent,
le souffle à ceux qui y marchent.
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
Peter’s address to Cornelius and his household seems advanced and formal.
We don’t know if Luke was present at this event.
It is styled as a κήρυγμα (kerygma), a proclamation of the Gospel.
In Greek writings, it is an ascription, a promulgation by a herald or public crier, a proclamation by a herald.
In the New Testament, it can be seen as the message or proclamation by the heralds of God or of Christ, proclaiming the necessity of returning to God.
So although at first sight, it seems quite strange that Peter would make this kind of proclamation in someone’s home – our initial thoughts might be that it’s a bit over the top – we remember that the Pentecost event had happened and that he and the other disciples were emboldened by the Spirit.
Indeed, we read later in the chapter that the Holy Spirit came down on all Peter’s listeners.
They heard, the Spirit was given to them, their hearts were opened and they asked for baptism.
Indeed God gives breath
to the people upon the earth
and the Spirit to those who walk in it.
Music for reflection
As we await the election results,
we pray at home today for the needs of our country and of our world.
- For election candidates and their campaign teams
- for other countries voting for their representatives at this time
- for a just and lasting peace in Palestine and its children
and for its neighbours in Israel
- for all affected by the climate emergency.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Cathy Johnston, our Lay Representative.)
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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