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Lent 1 Monday Morning


Part 1. From the Divine Office

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




    O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

    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.

During Lent these morning acclamations are taken from the Mass of the day. Any one of them can be recited as an antiphon before and after the psalm, or be simply the subject of a meditation.

  • To You I lift up my eyes Who are enthroned in heaven. As the eyes of servants are on the hands of their masters, so are our eyes on the Lord our God, till He have pity on us. Have pity on us, O Lord, have pit on us.
  • Behold, O God, our protector, and look upon Your servants. O Lord God of Hosts, hear the prayers of Your servants.
  • I will lift up my eyes, that I may consider Your wonders, O Lord; teach me Your statutes; give me discernment that I may learn Your commands.


From Psalm 14 [15]

The Ideal Man of God.


     O Lord, who may be a guest in your tabernacle, who may dwell upon your holy mountain?

     He who lives blamelessly and practises justice and thinks truthfully in his heart, and has no slander on his tongue;

     Who does no evil to his fellow, nor casts slurs upon his neighbour;

     Who holds the sinner in disdain, but honours those who fear the Lord.


     Who, even if he swears to his own injury, retracts not, who puts not out his money to usury though it be to his loss, changes not his pledged word; who lends not his money for usury, nor takes bribes against  the innocent.

     Whoever does these things shall never waver.


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

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



Reading: — St. Matthew 25: 31 — 46


At that time Jesus said to His disciples: “When the Son of Man shall come in His majesty, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory; and before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate them one from another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the king will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come blessed of my Father, take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave Me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in, naked and you covered Me; sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the just will answer Him, saying, ‘ Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You; or thirsty and give You drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and take You in; or naked, and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And answering the king will say to them, ‘Amen I say to you, as long as you did it for one of these, the least of My brethren, you did it for Me.’ Then He will say to those on His left hand, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you did not give Me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in; naked and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ Then they will also answer and say, ‘ Lord when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ The He will answer them, saying, ‘Amen I say to you, as long as you did not do it for one of these least ones, you did not do it for Me.’ And these will go into everlasting punishment, but the just into everlasting life.”


Hymn as a Prayer


    As holy custom has taught us, let us keep this well-known fast of forty days.


   Moses and Isaiah originally revealed this period of forty days and in later times Christ the King, the king and maker of all seasons, hallowed it.

   Therefore let us give less time to talking, eating, drinking, sleeping and amusing ourselves and show a greater vigilance in our way of life.

   But let us avoid sin, for it undermines the unreflecting soul; let us yield no ground before our cunning foe’s tyrannical demands.

   Let us appease God’s avenging wrath, beg for mercy before our Judge, call upon him in suppliant entreaty; let all of us most humbly offer this prayer.

   Our sins have offended Your divine mercy. Yet pour out on us from heaven the grace of pardon for You are the forgiver of all sins.

   Remember that fallen though we are, we are Your handiwork. Do not, we beg You, give another the honour that is due to Your name.

   Pardon the evil we have done. Give in even greater measure the grace we ask for, so that at last it may come about that we are pleasing to You in this life and in the next.”

    Blessed Trinity and undivided Unity, grant that the sacrifice of the fast may be fruitful to Your servants.    Amen.

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

R.     They that guard you in all your ways.



Zackary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 68 — 79

St. Luke records (Luke 1: 67) that the father of John the Baptist, eight days after the birth of his son,
“filled with the Holy Spirit”, uttered this prophecy, which has remained a daily prayer for Christians.




“Come, blessed of My Father, receive the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”


Jesus entered the temple of God and expelled all the sellers and buyers; the tables of the money-changers and the stands of those who sold doves He overturned.


“This depraved and perverse generation demands a sign, and no sign shall be given it but the sign of Jonah the prophet.”


Going away from there Jesus retired to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold a Caananite woman came out of that territory and cried, “Have mercy on me, Son of David”.


The Angel of the Lord used to come down from heaven; and the water was troubled, and one was cured.


   Blessed be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,

   And has raised up a horn # of salvation for us in the house of David his servant,

   As he promised through the mouths of his holy ones the prophets from of old;

   Salvation from our enemies and from the hands of all our foes

   He has fulfilled his kindness to all our fathers and been mindful of his holy covenant

   In the Oath to Abraham our father, by which he swore to grant us

   That, delivered from the hands of our enemies, we should serve him without fear.

   In holiness and justice before him all our days. —  the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,   

# “Horn of salvation.”

   Horn refers originally to the power of an ox. It came to be applied to people and here, to the royal saving power of the messiah.


   And you, O child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

   To give his people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins,

   Because of the compassionate kindness of our God with which the Orient from on high will visit us,

   To shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.


   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.




   The appointed antiphon of the day is repeated.



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.



Convert us, O God, our Saviour, and that this Lenten fast may profit us, instruct our minds with its heavenly discipline. 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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