Praying at Home Today: Thursday 13 May 2021

Praying at Home Today: Thursday 13 May 2021

Praying at home today:
Risen, Ascended, Glorified

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A warm welcome to, 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.

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Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France

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.

Short reading

God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

Ascendit Deus in jubilo,
et Dominus in voce tubae.

Dieu monte au milieu des cris de triomphe,
l’Eternel s’avance au son de la trompette.

Psalm 46(47):5

The Liturgy of the Word

Here are today’s Bible readings.
You can read just one, or all four if you have time.

One link to all four readings

Separate links to each reading

Short reflection

For forty days after his resurrection, the disciples saw the one in whom they had begun to recognise the face of God.

And yet, this short time later, their Lord was to leave them again.

I have said these things to you
while I am still with you.

But the Advocate [παρακλέτος],
the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything,
and remind you of all that I have said to you.

John 14:25-26

It is only by Jesus’ leaving that the Spirit can come to them.

In these nine days before Pentecost,
let us earnestly plead the Spirit of God
to come to us
and to renew the face of the earth
that God’s will be done
on earth as in heaven.

Veni, Creator Spiritus.

Come,Holy Ghost, our souls inspire.


Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

In this Christian Aid week on this Ascension Day,
we pray for the needs of our world.

  • For all helped by Christian Aid
  • for justice leading to a lasting peace in the Middle East
  • for our politicians and leaders.
  • for those caring for patients with COVID-19
    and for those working to protect the most vulnerable in society from this disease
  • for essential workers
  • for all affected by the climate emergency.

As our Muslim sisters and brothers celebrate Eid, a time of joy and love and celebration following Ramadan, a month of reflection and growth, with them let us remember the importance Allah places on kindness and empathy and spend these days praying for Palestinians, Uighurs, Rohingyas, Indians, LGBTI folk and all oppressed peoples.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
that we will share the gifts and skills we have received
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.

The Lord’s Prayer

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

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.

La Prière du Seigneur (2017)

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.

L’Église Catholique de Paris

Concluding prayer

Precious love,
your ascended Son promised the gift of holy power.
Send your Spirit of revelation and wisdom,
that in the blessed freedom of hope,
we may witness to the grace of forgiveness
and sing songs of joy with the peoples of earth
to the One who makes us one body.

Vanderbilt Divinity Library

Returning to the world

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Benedicamus Domino.
Deo gratias.

Thank you for joining us in praying at home.
Oremus pro invicem.

In these strange times, we are called to trust

Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France
* You can find more organ music from Holy Trinity Church, Stirling
on Alistair Warwick‘s website and on SoundCloud

There are several books by Brother Roger of the Taizé Community from many booksellers.

You can buy The Complete Chronicles of Narnia at

Other worship resources

Praying at Home Today: Acknowledgements

The lectionary for weekdays is taken from the Vanderbilt Divinity Library.

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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