Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 4 January 2022

Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 4 January 2022

Praying at home today:
Recognising God’s holiness, despite our unworthiness


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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.
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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.

Short reading

In the year that King Uzziah died,
I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty;
and the hem of his robe filled the temple.
Seraphs were in attendance above him;
each had six wings: with two they covered their faces,
and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.
And one called to another and said:
‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.’

In anno quo mortuus est rex Ozias,
vidi Dominum sedentem super solium excelsum et elevatum;
et ea quae sub ipso erant replebant templum.
Seraphim stabant super illud:
sex alae uni, et sex alae alteri; duabus velabant faciem ejus,
et duabus velabant pedes ejus, et duabus volabant.
Et clamabant alter ad alterum, et dicebant:
Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus Dominus, Deus exercituum;
plena est omnis terra gloria ejus.

L’année de la mort du roi Ozias,
j’ai vu le Seigneur assis sur un trône très élevé;
le bord inférieur de son vêtement remplissait le temple.
Des séraphins se tenaient au-dessus de lui.
Ils avaient chacun six ailes:
deux dont ils se couvraient le visage,
deux dont ils se couvraient les pieds et deux dont ils se servaient pour voler.
Ils se criaient l’un à l’autre:
«Saint, saint, saint est l’Eternel, le maître de l’univers!
Sa gloire remplit toute la terre!»

Isaiah 6:1-3

The Liturgy of the Word

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

One link to all the readings

Separate links to each reading

Short Reflection

We’re so used to the words of the Sanctus in the Eucharist, Sunday by Sunday, that we often fail to remember the origin of this text.

Our first reading today reminds of Isaiah’s vision in the Temple. It must have been totally overwhelming for him.

When we sing this text, slightly modified, we join the song of creation, in which heaven and earth are united.

As we approach the Epiphany, in which Christ’s glory is shown to the world, may we experience again the privilege that we have, through our baptism, of calling Jesus Christ our Lord and brother.

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Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

In communion with all who seek to do God’s will,
we continue our journey in faith today:

  • for those caught up in conflict
  • for all who help to bring about reconciliation
  • for all who inspire and encourage us on our journey in faith.

In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today

  • for our Armed Services,
  • for the ministry team and people of St Saviour, Bridge of Allan:
    Nerys Brown (Interim Rector) and Lay Readers Nick Price and Sue White
  • for Jo Mulliner.

For all who have asked for our prayers.

a moment of silence

Verbum caro factum est.
Et habitavit in nobis.
Alleluia!

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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

O God,
whose blessed Son, Jesus Christ, was made human,
that we might become your children:
grant that we, being made partakers of his divine nature,
may be shaped in his likeness;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.

Christmas 2

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

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; Deuterocanonical texts are taken from Association Épiscopale Liturgique pour les pays Francophones.

Images, unless otherwise stated, are by Alistair Warwick.

Music engraved by The Art of Music.

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