Praying at Home Today: Saturday 14 May 2022

Praying at Home Today: Saturday 14 May 2022

Praying at home today:
That we may be people of integrity,
always on the search for who we are and what we can be

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.
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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

Praise God, sun and moon;
and all you shining stars!
Praise God, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!

Laudate Dominum, sol et luna;
laudate eum, omnes stellae et lumen.
Laudate eum, caeli caelorum;
et aquae omnes quae super caelos sunt.

Louez l’Eternel, soleil et lune!
Louez-le, vous toutes, étoiles lumineuses!
Louez-le, cieux des cieux,
et vous, les eaux qui êtes au-dessus du ciel!

Psalm 148:3-4

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

Last Sunday, and from Monday to Wednesday at PrayingatHome.com, we read Psalm 22(23).

Meanwhile, I’ve just finished re-reading Anne Holm’s lovely wee book ‘I am David’, the central character of which is a 12-year-old boy who’s grown up in a concentration camp in Eastern Europe prior to the break-up of the USSR.
The retiring camp commandant has enabled him to escape from the camp, and he’s making his way to Denmark.

Knowing nothing of the world other than the brutality of his guards and what he’s learned from the other prisoners, David’s journey is one of discovery, in which he finds beauty in nature, in music and in the surprising kindness of other people.

Aware of some sort of God from what he has heard in the camp, David settles on the ‘God of the green pastures and the still waters’ as the God he will follow. He’s unaware that this is a line from the Psalms until a priest tells him. Although he is assured that there is only one God, he respectfully tells the priest that he’s sticking with the God he has chosen.

Nevertheless, as a child of integrity, always on the search for who he is and what he can be, he prays, “God of the green pastures and the still waters, please don’t help me. I want to do it by myself so that you’ll know I’ve found something I can do for you, please don’t help me.”

If you’ve not read the book, do so!

Music for reflection

Prayer Suggestions

In the light of the Risen Christ
and in communion with Matthias (Apostle),
we continue our journey in faith:

  • that we may be people of integrity,
    always on the search for who we are and what we can be
  • that we may always seek to do what is right
  • for the courage to stand up to evil
    and to forgive those who repent
  • for those attending the Scottish Federation of Organists Conference this weekend

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 Canon Christoph Wutscher, our Rector
  • for the College of Bishops
  • for Bishop Ian
  • for our Partner Dioceses
    Amazonia and its bishop, Marinez Bassotto
    Calcutta and its bishop, Paritosh Canning
  • for the people and clergy of St John, Alloa
    with their Interim Pastor, Chris Lowdon

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

silhouette of eye in metal sculpture

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

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

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