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Lent 1 Tuesday Evening


Part 1. From the Divine Office


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



    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.

  • Wipe out my offense, O Lord, in the greatness of Your compassion
  • Fight my fight, O God, against a faithless people.


  • You will correct me Lord, and enable me to live.
  • May God have pity on us and bless us.


  • Praise the Lord, for He is kind and gracious to His servants. Steadfast is His kindness to towards us.


From Psalm 121 [122]

The Pilgrim’s greeting to Jerusalem.


    I rejoiced when they said to me, “We will go to the house of the Lord.”

    Our feet are even now standing within your gates O Jerusalem — Jerusalem, built as a city so compact, so complete.

    To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, according to the law of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord.

    There the thrones of judgment are set, the thrones of the house of David.

    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! may they be safe who love you!


    May peace be within your walls, security within your palaces!

    For the sake of my brethren and my friends, I will exclaim: peace be with you!”

    For the sake of the house of the Lord, our God, I will invoke blessings upon you.


    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 Isaiah 55: 6 — 11


In those days the prophet Isaiah spoke, saying, “Seek the Lord while He may be found: call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unjust man his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him and to our God, for He is bountiful to forgive. For My thoughts are not your thoughts: nor your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are exalted above the earth, so are My ways exalted above your ways, and My thoughts above your thoughts. And as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return no more thither (to that place), but soak the earth and water it, and make it to spring, and give seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so shall My words be, which shall go forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall do whatsoever I please, and shall prosper in all things for which I sent it, says the Lord almighty.


A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

The Canticle of Hezekiah [Ezechias]

Isaiah 38: 10 — 20

Thanksgiving for the grace of repentance

This is the song of King Hezekiah [Ezechias]
during his critical illness and again during the time of his recovery.
It falls logically into two parts: 1. description of the sickness; 2. thanksgiving for recovery.
For us it is a prayer of repentance: our sickness is a disease of the soul, sin,
from which we beg God to heal us. Our thanksgiving is the grace of repentance.


Sickness — Sin

     Once I said, “In the noontime of life I must depart to the gates of the nether world. I am bereft of the rest of my years”.

     I said, “I shall see the Lord no more in the land of the living. The Lord keeps me; and so we will sing my psalms all the days of our life in the house of the Lord”.

     No longer shall I behold my fellow men among those who dwell in the world”.

     My dwelling, like a shepherd’s tent, is struck down and borne away from me.

     I fold up my life like a weaver; he cuts me off from the thread. Day and night you give me over to torment.
     I cry out until the dawn. Like a lion he breaks all my bones; day and night you give me over to torment.

     Like a swallow I utter shrill cries; I moan like a dove.

     My eyes grow weak, gazing heavenward: O Lord I am in straits; be my surety! —


     What shall I say? For he has told me and he has done it! I shall go on through all my years despite the bitterness of my soul.

     Those live whom the Lord protects, and among them my life will go on: You have healed me and kept me alive!

     Thus is my bitterness transformed into salvation. You have preserved my life from the pit of destruction when you cast behind you all my sins.

     For it is not the nether world that gives you thanks, nor death that praises you; neither do those who go down into the pit await your kindness.

     The living, the living give you thanks, as I do today: fathers declare to their sons your faithfulness.

     The Lord keeps me; and so we will sing my psalms, all the days of our life in the house 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.    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.



Look down, O Lord, upon Your household, and grant that our minds, chastened by the mortification of the flesh, may shine before You. 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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