Praying at Home Today: Monday 10 May 2021
Praying at home today:
Courage and humility to turn over to God
all that keeps us from God and one another
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!
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.
Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness.
Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life,
to which you were called.
Sectare vero justitiam, pietatem, fidem, caritatem, patientiam, mansuetudinem.
Certa bonum certamen fidei, apprehende vitam aeternam,
in qua vocatus es.
Recherche la justice, la piété, la foi, l’amour, la persévérance, la douceur.
Combats le bon combat de la foi, saisis la vie éternelle.
C’est à elle que tu as été appelé.
1 Timothy 6:11b-12a
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
Gosh – well, that’s one way of making your presence felt!
Turn up in another country, utterly destroy the people, show them no mercy, get rid of all their sacred symbols.
That’s some example of how to win friends and influence people!
Looking at this Old Testament passage from a 21st-century (AD) perspective, this looks horrifying.
It would never happen in our time, surely?
I won’t mention a country in the Middle East that should know better, doing exactly that. Nor will I mention other countries that think they are the world’s peacemakers.
Without getting caught up in all that, there is, nevertheless, something positive we can glean from this reading.
What in my life gets in the way of me allowing God to be fully present in my life?
What separates me from other people?
All these things that hold us back we can hand over to the all-merciful God who will gently and softly cleanse and purify us, so that we may truly be God’s children and share with God in that eternal plan for us and for the whole of humanity.
This takes courage and fortitude, persistence and humility.
But we’re not alone. The Communion of Saints walks alongside us on our way to the loving Father (and Mother!) of us all.
Music for reflection
As we begin Christian Aid week,
we pray at home today for the needs of our world.
- For all helped by Christian Aid
- for everyone working for a just and lasting peace in Palestine
and its neighbours
- for all affected by the climate emergency.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for a generous response to Christian Aid’s e-envelope appeal.)
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.
from whom all good things arise:
grant such grace to those who call on you,
that, by your inspiration,
we may ponder those things that are right,
and, by your guidance, do them;
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.