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Lent 1 Sunday Morning

 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

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

 

Opening

 

    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.

     
 
  • You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will deliver him and glorify him; with length of days I will gratify him.
 
  • To His angels God has given command about you, that they guard you in all your ways. Upon their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
 
  • With His pinions the Lord will cover you, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His faithfulness is a buckler and a shield.
   

 

From Psalm 94 [95]

A Call to Praise God.

   Come let us rejoice in the Lord, let us shout with joy to the Rock of our salvation.

     Let us come into his presence with praises, with songs let us rejoice in him.

     For the Lord is a mighty God, and a great King above all the gods:

     In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the tops of the mountains are his.

            The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands formed:

 

   Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord who made us.

     For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand…

 

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

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

 

From Psalm 118 [119]

The Blessings of the Law.

 

     Happy are the blameless in life’s way, who will walk in the law of the Lord.

     Happy are those who observe his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart.

     Who do no wrong, but walk in his ways.

     You have given us your precepts to be zealousy observed.

     O that my conduct may be steadfast in observing your statutes.

     Then I shall not be put to shame when I have regard for all your commandments…

     How can a youth lead a pure life? By heeding your words.

 

     I seek you with all my heart; let me not wander from your commandments.

     I treasure your word in my heart, that I may not sin against you.

     Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes…

 

     I will meditate on your precepts, I will regard your ways.

     I will take pleasure in your statutes: I will not forget your words.

 

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

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

   

 

Reading: — St. Matthew 4: 1 — 11

 

      At that time, Jesus was led into the desert by the Spirit, to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread”. But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Not by bread alone does man live, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took Him into the holy city and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, ‘He has given his angels charge concerning You; and upon their hands they shall bear You up, lest You dash Your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “It is written further, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” Again the devil took Him to a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Begone Satan, for it is written, ‘The Lord your God shall you worship and Him only shall you serve.’ ” Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

 

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 again begins to blossom. And when Your right hand has led us back to the way, may we 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.

Antiphon

Jesus was led into the desert by
the Spirit, to be tempted by the
devil. And after fasting forty days
and forty nights, He was hungry.

   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.

 

 

Antiphon

Jesus was led into the desert by the Spirit, to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry.

 
   

 

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.

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

Part 4. Prayers For Protection