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Lent 1 Saturday 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.

  • O Lord, the God of my salvation, by day I cry out, at night I clamour in your presence. Let my prayer come before You; incline Your ear to my call for help, O Lord.
  • Help- us, O God, our saviour; because of the glory of Your name, O Lord, deliver us. Pardon our sons, O Lord; why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”
  • O Lord, God of hosts, hear the prayer of Your servants. Behold, O God, our Protector, and look upon Your servants


From Psalm 105 [106]

The Mercy of God, the Ingratitude of Man


   Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his kindness is everlasting.

   Who can recount the mighty deeds of the Lord, or proclaim all his praises?

   Happy are they who observe the precepts, who practice justice at all times.

   Remember me, O Lord, as you show favour to your people; visit me with your help, that I may take delight in the happiness of your elect, that I may rejoice in the joy of your people, that I may glory with your inheritance. …


   Save us, O Lord, our God, and gather us from among the nations. That we may praise your holy name, and glory in your praise.


   Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from age unto age: and let all people say: Amen! Alleluia.


   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.    Amen.



Reading: — St. Matthew 17: 1 — 9


At that time, Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves, and was transfigured before them. And His face shone as the sun, and his garments became as white as snow. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah talking with Him. Then Peter addressed Jesus saying, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If You will let us set up three tents here, one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” As he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud, said, “This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; Hear Him.” And on hearing it the disciples fell on their faces, and were exceedingly afraid. And Jesus came near and touched them and said to them, “Ariose and do not be afraid.” But lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, but Jesus only. And as they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus cautioned them them, saying, “Tell the vision to no-one, till the Son of Man has risen from the dead.”


Hymn as a Prayer


      Jesus salvation’s sun, shine bright in our inmost souls until night is driven away and day with its more welcome joys rises again.

      Having given us this “acceptable time,” grant that we may purify by abundant sorrow the sacrifice we make of our heart and that our love may willingly consume the sacrifice in its flames.

      Tears of repentance will never stop welling up from our heart, the source of our past sin, if the rod of penance break its stubborn rock.

      The day — Your day — is coming, when everything begins to blossom. And when Your right hand has led us back to the way, we may too rejoice on that day.

      May the world that You constructed humbly adore You merciful Trinity, and may we, renewed by grace, sing a new hymn of praise.   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.




Have pity on me, O God; have pity on me, for in You I take refuge. He has sent from heaven and saved me: He has made those a reproach who trample on me.

Psalm 56: 2 and 4


Cast your care upon the Lord, and He will support you. When I called upon the Lord, He heard my voice from those who war against me.

Psalm 54: 23; 17—19


I will extol You, O Lord, for You drew me clear and did not let my enemies rejoice over me. O Lord, I cried to You and You healed me.

Psalm 29: 2—3


O Lord, for the sake of Your promise give me life, that I may know Your decrees.


Psalm 118: 154
and 125


   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.




    O Lord, for the sake of Your promise give me life, that I may know Your decrees.



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.



May the desired blessing confirm Your faithful people, O God; may it cause them never to depart from Your will and ever to rejoice in Your gifts. 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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