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Lent 1 Saturday Evening

 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

Celebrating the beginning of the Lord’s Day — and the new week.         Genesis 1: 5.

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

 

Opening

 

         
     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.

     
 
  • Be bountiful, O Lord, to Zion in Your kindness.
 
  • Just is the Lord, our God, and there is no wrong in Him. 

 

  • On His servants the Lord shall have pity; and He shall be merciful to the land of His people.
 
  • From the dread enemy,
    O Lord, preserve my life.

 

  • Praise the Lord for His sovereign majesty.
   

 

From Psalm 110 [111]

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

   I will thank the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the just and in the congregation.

   Great are the works of the Lord, worthy of study for all who love them.

   Splendid and glorious in his work; and his justice abides forever.

   He has left a memorial of his wonders; merciful and kind is the Lord.

   He has given food to those who fear him; he will be mindful forever of his covenant.

   He has shown his powerful works to, in giving them possession of the nations.

 

   Trustworthy and just are the works of his hands; grounded in truth are all his precepts.

   Established forever and ever, based on truth and equity.

   He has sent deliverance to his people he has established his covenant forever; holy is his name and worthy of reverence.

   The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, prudent is the conduct of all who practice it; his praise abides 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.

 

Psalm 133 [134]

Night Prayer

     Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord; who stand in the house of the Lord during the night hours.

     Lift up your hands toward the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.
     
     May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth.

 

     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.

 
   

 

Reading — 2 Corinthians 6: 1 — 10

 

Brethren: We entreat you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says, “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you”. Behold now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation! We give no offense to anyone, that our ministry may not be blamed. On the contrary let us conduct ourselves in the circumstances as God’s ministers, in much patience, in tribulations, in hardships, in distresses; in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults; in labours, in sleepless nights, in fastings; in innocence, in knowledge, in long-sufferings; in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in unaffected love; in the word of truth, in the power of God; with the armour of justice on the right hand and on the left; in honour and dishonour, in evil report and good report; as deceivers and yet truthful, as unknown and yet well known, as dying, and behold, we live, as chastised but not killed, as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet enriching many, as having nothing yet possessing all things.

 

Hymn as a Prayer

 

      Bounteous Creator, hear the prayers of repentance we offer You during the holy fast of forty days.

      Loving searcher of our heart, You know how feeble our strength is; give those who return to You the grace of pardon.

      We have sinned much, but spare us who confess our guilt; for Your name’s honour bring healing remedy to the sick.

      Grant that our body be brought into subjection by fasting, that our hearts, free of sin, leave untouched anything that feeds sin.

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

 

 

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.

Antiphon

Behold now is the acceptable time; behold now is the day of salvation! In these days let us conduct ourselves as servants of God in much patience, in fasting, in vigils, in unaffected love.

 

 

 

 

    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.

 

Antiphon

Behold now is the acceptable time; behold now is the day of salvation! In these days let us conduct ourselves as servants of God in much patience, in fasting, in vigils, in unaffected love.

 
   

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Traditional

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.
Amen.

Contemporary

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.
Amen.

 

Prayer

O God, You purify Your Church by the yearly observance of Lent; grant to Your family that what we endeavour to obtain from You by abstinence, we may secure by good works. 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.

 

Closing

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.

Amen.

     
     
 

Part 2. Devotions During Lent | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection