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Lent 1 Thursday 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.

  • Against You only have I sinned, O Lord; have mercy on me.
  • Return, O Lord, and be entreated in favour of Your servants.


  • My strength and my glory is the Lord, and He had become my salvation.
  • You have multiplied, O God, Your mercy.



  • Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.


From Psalm 137 [138]

Prayers of Thanksgiving.

     I will give thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart, for you have heard the words of my mouth; In the presence of the angels I will sing praises to you,

    I will prostrate myself toward your holy temple, and I will praise your name because of your kindness and faithfulness, For you has magnified above all your name and your promise.

    When I called upon you, you did answer, you did increase strength within me. 


     All the kings of the earth shall give thanks to you, O Lord, when they hear the words of your mouth;

     And they shall sing of the ways of the Lord; “Great indeed is the glory of the Lord.”…


     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 18: 1 — 9


In those days, the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “What is the meaning that you use among you this parable as a proverb in the land of Israel, saying: The fathers have eaten sour grapes and the teeth of the children are set on edge? As I live, says the Lord God, this parable shall be no more to you a proverb in Israel. Behold all souls are mine: as the soul of the father, so the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sins, the same shall die. And if a man be just and do judgment and justice, and has not eaten upon the mountains nor lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel: and has not defiled his neighbour’s wife, nor come near to a menstruous woman: and has not wronged any man, but has restored the pledge to the debtor: has taken nothing away by violence: has given his bread to the hungry and has covered the naked with a garment: has not lent upon usury, nor taken any increase: has withdrawn his hand from iniquity and has executed true judgment between man and man: has walked in My commandments, and kept My judgments, to do truth: he is just, he shall surely live,” says the Lord almighty.


A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

From a Canticle of Moses

Exodus 15: 1 — 18

This is the song of thanksgiving sung by Moses after the Israelites had passed through the Red Sea
and the armies of Pharoah had been annihilated.
This canticle is one of the best models of Hebrew poetry.
The Christian will have thoughts of redemption and baptism as he prays:
deliverance from Egypt and passing through the Red Sea are figures for these two mysteries.


Jubilation over Pharoah’s ruin.

      I will sing to the Lord, for he is gloriously triumphant; horse and chariot he has cast into the sea.

      My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my saviour.

      He is my God, I praise him; the God of my father, I extol him. —

      The Lord is a warrior, Lord is his name!

      Pharoah’s chariots and army he hurled into the sea; the elite of his officers were submerged in the Red Sea.

      The flood waters covered them, they sank into the depths like a stone.

God’s power and fidelity.

      Your right hand, O Lord magnificent in power, your right hand, O Lord, has shattered the enemy.

      In your great majesty, you overthrew your adversaries; you loosed your wrath to consume them like stubble…


      Who is like to you among the gods,
O Lord Who is like to you, magnificent in holiness, terrible in renown, worker of wonders?

      When you stretched out your right hand, the earth swallowed them!

      In your mercy you led the people you redeemed; in your strength you guided them to your holy dwelling…..

      And you brought them in and planted them on the mountain of your inheritance — the place where you made your seat,
O Lord, the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands established.

      The Lord shall reign forever and ever.


      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.




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.




Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.



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.



Grant, we implore You, O Lord, to all Christian people, that they may acknowledge what they profess, and love the heavenly gift which they frequent. 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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