Praying at Home Today: Friday 13 May 2022

Praying at Home Today: Friday 13 May 2022

Praying at home today:
In the depth of the night, light is revealed

Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France

The Lord is risen!
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Introduction

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 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.

Short reading

As I watched in the night visions,
I saw one like a human being
coming with the clouds of heaven.
And he came to the Ancient One
and was presented before him.

Aspiciebam ergo in visione noctis,
et ecce cum nubibus caeli
quasi filius hominis veniebat,
et usque ad antiquum dierum pervenit:
et in conspectu ejus obtulerunt eum.

Pendant que je regardais dans mes visions nocturnes,
quelqu’un qui ressemblait à un fils de l’homme
est venu avec les nuées du ciel.
Il s’est avancé vers l’Ancien des jours
et on l’a fait approcher de lui.

Daniel 7:13a

The Liturgy of the Word

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

Short Reflection

Dreams and visions

In the Bible, we hear a lot about dreams and visions. Many are quite weird, as dreams tend to be.

The apocalyptic visions, from Daniel and Revelation, are difficult to understand. They will, naturally, come from particular cultures and ways of thinking about God.

Perhaps we don’t think of God as the “Ancient One” or “Ancient of Days”, even if well-loved hymns use these expressions!

(Philip Pullmann is quite disparaging of this image in His Dark Materials, an allegory of religion gone wrong, in which authoritarianism, intolerance, and ignorance are rightly rejected in favour of a questioning worldview.)

Perhaps this reading can also be an allegory for discerning right from wrong, an action that requires freedom of thought and calmness of mind.

Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

In the light of the Risen Christ
we continue our journey in faith:

  • that we may always seek to do what is right
  • for peace and justice
  • for oppressive governments
  • for journalists in war zones
    for Shireen Abu Akleh and those who mourn her

Cycle of Prayer in the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane

With Holy Trinity, Stirling, in the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane,
we invite you to pray today:

  • for Alistair Warwick, Director of Music, Laura Buxel, our Organ Student, the Choir and Music Group
  • for the College of Bishops
  • for Bishop Ian
  • for the people of St James, Cupar with St Mary, Ladybank
    Roy Anetts, Jenny Black, Bishop Bob Gillies

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.
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,
the light of whose truth stretches out to those who go astray,
that they may return to the path of righteousness:
give your grace to all who profess themselves Christians,
that they may cast out what is harmful,
and pursue all that gives life;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.

Easter 4

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

Praying at Home Today: Friday 13 May 2022

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 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.

More information

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on Alistair Warwick‘s website and on SoundCloud

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