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Lent 1 Friday Evening


Part 1. From the Divine Office


We recommend reading, “The Joy of Lent” as near
as practicable to the start of Lent.




     O God, come to my assistance, O Lord, make haste to my help me.

     Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

     As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

     Praise be to you, Lord, King of eternal glory.


Lenten Acclamations For Reflection:—

Acknowledging our sinfulness, our need of repentance, and expressing our strong desire to be restored fully to God’s household.

Each “Acclamation” is, in fact, an antiphon, traditionally said before and after each psalm. Those wishing to follow the custom can choose one of the following for this purpose, or simply pause and meditate on one or more.

  • Have mercy on me O God, in Your great goodness
  • Guide me in Your justice, Lord!


  • Your anger has abated, O Lord, and You have consoled me.
  • The Lord will give strength and bless His people with peace.


  • Praise the Lord, for steadfast is His kindness towards us.


From Psalm 114 [115]

Thanksgiving to God for Help in Need


     I love the Lord: because he has heard the voice of my pleading,

     Because he inclined his ear to me when I called upon him.

     The fetters of death encircled me; and the snares of hell seized upon me, I fell into distress and sorrow.

     But I called upon the name of the Lord: “O Lord save my life!”

     The Lord is gracious and just, and your God is merciful.


    The Lord guards the simple: I was helpless and he saved me.

     Return O my soul to your rest, for  the Lord has dealt kindly with you.

     For he has rescued me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.

     I shall walk before the Lord in the land of the living.


     Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

     As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end.     



Reading – Ezekiel 34: 11 — 16


Thus says the Lord God: “Behold I Myself will seek My sheep and will visit them. As the shepherd visits his flock in the day when he shall be in the midst of his sheep that were scattered in the cloudy and the dark day. And I will bring them out from the peoples and will gather them out from the countries and will bring them to their own land; and I will feed them in the mountains of Israel, by the river and in all the habitations of the land. I will feed them in the most fruitful pastures, and their pastures shall be in the high mountains of Israel; there shall they rest on the green grass and be fed in fat pastures upon the mountains of Israel. I will feed My sheep and will cause them to lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek that which was lost and that which was driven away I will bring again; and I will bind up that which was broken; and I will strengthen that which was weak; and that which was fat and strong I will preserve; and I will feed them in judgment (justly),” says the Lord almighty.


A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

From the Canticle of Habakkuk

Habakkuk 3: 2 — 19

God’s judgment

This canticle is one of the most magnificent poems of all times.
It depicts God the Judge, coming to pass sentence over all the enemies of His people
— the prophet sees Him in a vision.


     O Lord I have heard you renown, and seen O Lord, your work.

     In the course of the years show it forth, in the course of the years make it known; in your wrath remember compassion! —

     God comes from Theman, the Holy One from Mt Pharan.

     Covered are the heavens with his glory, and with his praise the earth is filled.

     His splendour spreads like the light; rays shine forth from beside him, where his power is concealed.

     Before him goes pestilence and the plague follows in his steps.

     When he stands, he makes the earth shake; his looks makes the nations tremble.

     The eternal mountains are shattered, the age-old hills bow low, along his ancient ways.

      Bared and ready is your bow, filled with arrows is your quiver.

     Into streams you split the earth; at sight of you the mountains tremble.

     A torrent of rain descends; the ocean gives forth its roar.

     The sun forgets the light of its rising, the moon remains in its shelter.

     At the light of your flying arrows, at the gleam of your flashing spear. —

     In wrath you bestride the earth, in fury you trample the nations.

     You come forth to save your own people, to save your anointed one…

     I await the day of distress that will come upon the people who attack us.

     For though the fig tree blossom not nor fruit be on the vines,

     Though the yield of the olive fail and the fields produce no nourishment,

     Though the flocks be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,

     Yet will I rejoice in the Lord and exult in my saving God.

     God, my Lord, is my strength, he makes my feet swift as those of hinds and enables me to go upon the heights.


   Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

   As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end.   Amen.

V.      To His Angels God has given command about you.

R.     They that guard you in all your ways.



Mary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 46 — 55

Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1: 41—45), acclaimed Mary, warmly with the words:
“Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb”
— to which Mary replied in her prophetic hymn.



“What you have done for one of these, the least of my brethren, you have done for me,” says the Lord.


“For it is written that My house is a house of prayer for all peoples; but you have made it a den of thieves.” And He was teaching daily in the temple.


Even as Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth.


O woman, great is your faith; your petition is granted.


He who made me well said to me, “Take up your pallet and walk in peace”.


      My soul magnifies the Lord.

      And my spirit rejoices in God my saviour.

      Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid, for behold; henceforth all generations shall call me blessed,

      Because he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

      And His mercy is from generation to generation toward those who fear him. —

      He has shown might with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.


      He has put down the mighty from their thrones and has exalted the lowly.
      The hungry he has filled with good things and the rich he has sent empty away. —
      He has given help to Israel his servant, mindful of his  mercy.

      (As he promised our fathers) towards Abraham and his descendants forever.


      Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

      As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world
without end.    Amen.




He who made me well said to me, “Take up your pallet and walk in peace”.


The Lord’s Prayer



Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.


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.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.



Look graciously, O Lord, upon those who bow before Your Divine Presence, that those who have been refreshed by Your grace may always be sustained by Your heavenly assistance. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.     Amen.


V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.

R. Who made heaven and earth.

May the all powerful
and merciful Lord,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
bless and preserve us.


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