Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 13 October 2021

Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 13 October 2021

Praying at home today:
Placing our whole trust in God, who knows all our troubles

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!
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.

Short reading

For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
and I walk in faithfulness to you.

Quoniam misericordia tua ante oculos meos est,
et complacui in veritate tua.

Car ta grâce est devant mes yeux,
et je marche dans ta vérité.

Psalm 25(26):3

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

Short Reflection

For your steadfast love
is before my eyes,
and I walk in faithfulness to you.

Life can be difficult, very difficult, especially at this time. We shouldn’t underestimate just how difficult it is.

Whether one is living alone or cheek by jowl with others, unable to escape, life has been difficult.

In the circumstances, we might make unfortunate choices, or perhaps these choices are made by others, affecting us profoundly.

In this darkness, the Word of God can be a light bringing radiance and a sense of clarity as we ponder the Word, the eternal Word of God’s steadfast love.

Not as a panacea, or “opium of the people”, but rather an expression of hope and trust even when our situation seems at its very darkest.

The poor man Lazarus was afflicted in his lifetime, turned away even from the crumbs of the rich, yet he is a sign of hope for us all, sung of daily as people leave this earthly life on their continued journey to the Father’s house.

May the angels lead you into paradise,
may the martyrs come to receive you,
and lead you into the holy city, Jerusalem.

May the choir of angels receive you,
and where Lazarus is poor no longer,
there may you have eternal rest.

I am the resurrection and the life:
whoever believes in me,
even if he/she dies will live:
and all who live and believe in me,
will never die.

Burial Liturgy:
In paradisum

Yet there is also a warning in today’s Gospel reading: the rich man who refused even crumbs for the poor man also died and, having had his comforts in this lifetime, paid for it eternally.

It’s harder for the rich to enter the Kingdom than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.

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Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

In this Baby Loss Awareness Week,
we continue our journey in faith today:

  • for all parents and their families who’ve lost their baby
  • for staff in Special Care Baby Units
  • for Fiona
  • for all who inspire us.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Cornton Vale staff and prisoners.)

For all who have asked for our prayers.

a moment of silence

Pray for us all
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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

O Lord,
since without you we cannot please you:
let the work of your mercy in all things guide our hearts;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.

Pentecost 20

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 Bookshop.org

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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