Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 12 May 2021
Praying at home today:
Living the spirit of the law
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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.
You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul.
Ponite haec verba mea in cordibus et in animis vestris.
Mettez mes commandements dans votre cœur et dans votre âme.
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 Shema is the cental poiint of daily morning and evening prayer. It is based on passages in Deuteronomy, and comes from the Torah, the Law in the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures.
Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God,
the Lord is One.
Blessed is the name of his glorious kingdom
for ever and ever.
It is a reminder that the faithful shall love God with all their heart, all their soul and all their might, taking to heart the instructions given to them.
They are so vital that they are to be impressed on their children, recited at home and away, when they lie down and arise.
These words are to be bound as a sign on hand and forehead, and inscribed on the doorposts of house and gates.
These are charged words, vital for the well-being of the believer.
But… as we’ve seen in recent days, it’s not sufficient just fulfilling the letter of the law if we break the spirit by our action or inaction.
It’s precisely this hypocrisy that Jesus condemned.
But let us, who live in glass houses, behave accordingly.
Music for reflection
In this Christian Aid week and Rogation Day,
we pray at home today for the needs of our world.
- For all helped by Christian Aid
- for peace and justice in the Middle East
- for all affected by the climate emergency.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the farmers and growers around Stirling
and 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.
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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