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Lent 1 Thursday 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.

  • Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all you lands. Splendour and majesty go before Him; praise and grandeur are in His sanctuary.
  • From You let my judgment come; Your eyes behold what is right. Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings
  • The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Taste and see how good the Lord is.


From Psalm 61 [62]

Trust In God.


     In God alone is my soul at rest, from him comes my salvation.

     He alone is my rock and my salvation, my defense: in no wise shall I waver.

     How long will you rush upon a man, to overthrow him, all of you like a leaning wall  of a house, or a tottering wall of a city.

     Truly, they plot to hurl me from my high place, they delight in lies; They bless with their mouth, and they curse in their heart.

     In God alone be at rest, O my soul, for my hope comes from him.


     He alone is my rock and my salvation, my defense: I shall not waver.

     God alone possesses my salvation, and my glory, the rock of my strength: my refuge is in God.

     Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts before him: God is our refuge!


     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: — St. Matthew 15: 21 — 28


At that time, leaving there, Jesus retired to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman came out of that territory and cried out to Him, saying, “Have pity on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is sorely beset by the devil”. He answered her not a word. And His disciples came up and besought Him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us”. But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel”. But she came and worshipped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” He said in answer, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs”. But she said, “Yes Lord; for even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s” table. Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done to you as you will”. And her daughter was healed from that moment.


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.




“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.



Look down favourably, we implore You, O Lord, upon the devotion of Your people, that they, whose bodies are mortified by abstinence, may, by the fruit of good works, be refreshed in mind. 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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