Praying at Home Today: Monday 31 May 2021
Praying at home today:
Hannah, Elizabeth and Mary, bearers of 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.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.
Let love be genuine;
hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good.
Dilectio sine simulatione:
odientes malum, adhaerentes bono.
Que l’amour soit sans hypocrisie.
Ayez le mal en horreur, attachez-vous au bien.
The Liturgy of the Word
One link to all four readings
Separate links to each reading
The Visit of Mary to Elizabeth
A remarkable encounter for these two women; one who had given up all hope of having a child, the other just a teenager; both surprised by joy.
The child within Elizabeth’s womb who recognised the voice of Mary, the Mother of the Lord, was John the Baptist, the one who would prepare the way for Jesus, whilst always pointing to him rather than to himself.
This was in accordance with the words of Mary’s Song, the Magnificat, itself inspired by the Song of Hannah (and in turn itself inspired by the Psalm). They certainly knew their Scriptures!
All three women, of different ages and from different ages, are held together in the living waters of God’s love, living their lives for others, emboldened by the vision that nothing is impossible for God.
What a great example to us all today.
Music for reflection
On this celebration of the Visitation,
we pray at home today for the needs of our world.
- for expectant parents
- that we may be inspired by these three women
and make the Magnificat our song
- for the anawim, the “little ones”,
the voiceless and the powerless,
truly blessed by God
and for those who fight for their cause.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the Forth Valley Branch of Mother’s Union.)
For all who have asked for our prayers.
a moment of silence
Pray for us all
Prayer for Palestine and Israel
O God the creator of all life,
we bring before you all the people who call Israel and Palestine home.
We particularly remember those living in Jerusalem and Gaza
whose lives are marred by restrictions to their freedom,
the threat of eviction from their homes
and the constant fear of armed conflict.
We ask your forgiveness for the anger, hatred and violence
that all of us have the potential to carry within us.
We beseech you to soften hearts and open minds
so that the sanctity of life is always protected,
the right to freedom of worship upheld
and the security of a safe home defended.
We pray that justice will flow like rivers,
that human dignity will be respected
and that each of us may strive
to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with you our God.
Embrace the Middle East
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 invited us to be handmaids of your creative power:
Bless us as you blessed Hannah, Elizabeth, and Mary,
filling our barren hearts with your fertile word,
nurturing faith within us,
sustaining us as we ripen with hope,
until your desire calls us to the time of labour,
and we give birth to your incarnate love.
Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers
copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts
admin. Augsburg Fortress.
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.