Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 2 March 2022
Praying at home today:
Ash Wednesday: beginning Lent in hope
We hope these readings, prayers, music and 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.
Yet even now, says the Lord,
return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
rend your hearts and not your clothing.
Return to the Lord, your God,
for God is gracious and merciful,
Nunc ergo, dicit Dominus,
convertimini ad me in toto corde vestro,
in jejunio, et in fletu, et in planctu.
Et scindite corda vestra, et non vestimenta vestra;
et convertimini ad Dominum Deum vestrum,
quia benignus et misericors est.
Maintenant encore, déclare l’Eternel,
revenez à moi de tout votre cœur,
avec des jeûnes, avec des pleurs et des lamentations.
Déchirez votre cœur et non vos habits,
et revenez à l’Eternel, votre Dieu,
car Dieu fait grâce, Dieu est rempli de compassion.
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
- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 50(51):1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Separate links to each reading
Music for reflection
From ashes to the living waters of rebirth,
we continue our journey in faith:
- for all preparing for baptism this Easter
- that our faith may be renewed during these forty days and forty nights
- for those who are finding it hard to cope at this time
- for medical and clinical staff
- for all seeking refuge from persecution and war
- for peace in our world.
With Holy Trinity, Stirling, part of the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane,
we invite you to pray today:
- for a holy and reflective Lent
- for the College of Bishops
- for Bishop Ian
- for the people of the All Souls Group
(St Serf, Burntisland; St Columba, Aberdour; St Peter, Inverkeithing)
and Dean Norby, Carol Latimer
For all who have asked for our prayers.
a moment of silence
The Lord’s Prayer
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.
grant that your faithful people
may enter this season of penitence with faithfulness,
and complete it with steadfast devotion;
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
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 mainly from Version Segond 21, copyright © 2007 Société Biblique de Genève by Société Biblique de Genève; Deuterocanonical (Apocryphal) 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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