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Lent 1 Wednesday 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.

  • Wash me yet more, O Lord, from my injustice.
  • Our transgressions You will pardon, O Lord. 


  • My heart exults in the Lord, who humbles and exults.
  • In the integrity of my heart I will walk, O Lord. 


  • O my soul, praise the Lord, who raises up those that were bowed down, and loves the just.


From Psalm 129 [130]

The Pilgrim’s greeting to Jerusalem.


    Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice!

    Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.

    If you should remember sins, O Lord, who could bear it?

    But with you is forgiveness, that you may be served with reverence.

    I hope in the Lord; my soul hopes in his word;

    My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchman for the dawn.


    More than watchman for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord, For with the Lord is mercy and with him plenteous redemption:

    And he shall redeem Israel from all its sins.


    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 3 Kings 19: 3 — 8


In those days, Elijah came to Bersabee of Judah, and left his servant there, and he went forward one days journey into the desert. And when he he was there he sat under a juniper tree, he requested for his soul that he might die, and said, “It is enough for me, Lord, take away soul: for I am no better than my fathers”. And he cast himself down, and slept in the shadow of the juniper tree: and behold and angel of the Lord touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat”. He looked and behold there was at his head a hearth cake, and a vessel of water: and he ate and drank, and fell asleep again. And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him and said him, “Arise, eat: for you have a great way to go”. And he arose, and ate, and drank, and walked in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights, to the mount of God, Horeb.


A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

From the Canticle of Hannah [Anna]

1 Kings 2: 1 — 10

Holiness and justice of the Lord.

Hannah [Anna], wife of Elcana, by the grace of God, gave birth to the great
Prophet Samuel, after she had been barren all her life.
In gratitude her soul bursts forth in this canticle of praise.
Her song resembles somewhat Mary’s hymn of praise.

      My heart exults the Lord, my horn is exalted in my God…

     There is no one holy as the Lord; indeed there is no other besides you, nor is there a rock like our God.

      Speak boastfully no longer, nor let arrogance issue from your mouths.

      For an all-knowing God is the Lord, and by him deeds are set in order.

      The bows of the mighty are broken, while the weak are girded with strength…


     For not by his own strength does man prevail: the Lord will shatter his foes. —

     The most high in heaven thunders, the Lord judges the ends of the earth.

     Now may he give strength to his King, and exult the horn of His Anointed.


     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.



We implore You, O Lord, illumine our minds with the light of Your brightness, that we may be able to see what things we ought to do, and have strength to carry out such things as are rightful. 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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