Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 26 October 2021
Praying at home today:
Opening our eyes that we may see
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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.
As soon as they entered Samaria, Elisha said,
O Lord, open the eyes of these people so that they may see.
The Lord opened their eyes.
Cumque ingressi fuissent in Samariam, dixit Eliseus:
Domine, aperi oculos istorum, ut videant.
Aperuitque Dominus oculos eorum.
Lorsqu’ils furent entrés dans Samarie, Elisée dit:
«Eternel, ouvre les yeux de ces hommes pour qu’ils voient!»
L’Eternel ouvrit leurs yeux.
2 Kings 6:20a
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
On Sunday we read Mark’s Gospel account of Jesus healing the blind man Bartimaeus. Unlike Jesus’ disciples who seemed blind to what Jesus was telling them, this son of Timaeus recognised Jesus first as Son of David and then Teacher.
He threw off his cloak and went to Jesus, just as he was.
Yesterday we read the Apostle Peter sharing the insight that through our baptism we are called out of darkness into God’s wonderful light.
And today we see Elisha calling on God to open the eyes of Israel’s enemy “so that they may see”.
We can pray that our eyes may be opened and that we too may see, freed from the restrictions that we place on ourselves and placed on us by society and those among whom we choose to live.
Pope Francis encourages us to pray to the Lord like Bartimaeus, from the heart, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” and that we may repeat it often with concrete, insistent and courageous faith.
Bartimaeus asks for God’s mercy, “for everything from the One who can do everything”, appealing to God’s compassion, mercy and tenderness.
Using few, essential words, Bartimaeus “entrusts himself to God’s love”
for the miracle of regaining his sight
but also for the healing of his heart,
as he was also likely dealing
with suffering in his own life
caused by wounds, humiliations,
broken dreams and mistakes.
And God, who always hears the cry of the poor, heard Bartimaeus. “Your faith has made you well.”
Let us make this prayer our own today; let us repeat it,
but also asking ourselves
if we too are courageous and insistent
in our own prayers,
able to sense and call out
to the Lord who is near.
Do we bare our heart before the Lord
or do we hold back,
keeping our distance out of timidness
or lack of belief?
“When faith is alive, prayer is heartfelt”;
we should ask everything from Jesus
who can do everything for us,
who “cannot wait to pour out
his grace and joy into our hearts”.
Music for reflection
In communion with all who seek to follow Christ,
we continue our journey in faith today:
- that we may be courageous in asking God, who is very near to us,
for mercy, for everything that we need
- for those with eye diseases
and those who treat them
- for all who suffer from a lack of vision
that their eyes may be opened
- for all who inspire us.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for those keeping us in touch through the Magazine and the Web.)
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.
O Lord, in your mercy:
grant to your faithful people pardon and peace;
that they may be cleansed from all their sins,
and serve you with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.
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
There are several books by Brother Roger of the Taizé Community from many booksellers.
Other worship resources
- Worship resources from Holy Trinity Church, Stirling, Scotland
- Music for reflection
- RSCM: Hymn for the Day and Sunday Self-Service
- Liturgy resources from New Zealand – Aotearoa
- Prayer live from Taizé
- CCC – Christ, Covid, Community (Facebook Group)
- Live-streamed liturgy from Pluscarden Abbey, Scotland
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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