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Lent 1 Wednesday 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.

  • To You I lift up my soul, O Lord; in You, O my God, I trust; let me not be put to shame. Remember that Your compassion, O Lord, and Your kindness are from of old; let not our enemies exult over us; deliver us, O God of Israel, from all our tribulations.
  • Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of distress, O Lord. Put an end to my affliction and my suffering, and take away all my sins.
  • I will delight in Your commands, which I love exceedingly. And I will lift up my hands to Your commands which I love.


From Psalm 50 [51]

An act of Contrition

     Have mercy on me, O God according to your mercy; according to your great clemency blot out my iniquity.

     Wash me completely from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin.

     For I acknowledge my iniquity, and my sin is  always before me.

     “Against you only have I sinned, and I have done what is evil in your sight”,

     This I confess, that you may be known to be just in your sentence, right in your judgment.



     Indeed, in guilt I was born, and in sin my mother conceived me; #

     Behold, I was born in guilt, and my mother conceived me in sin.


     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.   


#  A first dawning of the basic Christian doctrine of original sin, which was not clearly revealed before the time of Christ.

See Romans 5: 12—19
Ephesians 2: 3.


Reading: —St. Matthew 12: 38 — 50


At that time, certain of the Scribes and Pharisees answered Him, saying, “Master, we would see a sign from You”. But He answered and said to them, ” An evil and adulterous generation demands a sign, and no sign will be given it but the sign of Jonah the prophet. For even as Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Ninivah will rise up in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, a greater than Jonah is here. The Queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, a greater than Solomon is here. But when the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he roams through dry places in search of rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house which I left’; and when he has come to it, he finds the place unoccupied, swept and decorated. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. So shall it be with this evil generation also,” While He was still speaking with the crowds, His mother and His brethren were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him. And someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brethren are standing outside, seeking You”. But He answered and said to Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brethren?” And stretching forth His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold, My mother and My brethren! For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven, He is my brother and sister and mother.”


Hymn as a Prayer


     As holy custom has taught us, let us keep this well-known fast of forty days.

     Moses and Isaiah originally revealed this period of forty days and in later times Christ the King, the king and maker of all seasons, hallowed it.

     Therefore let us give less time to talking, eating, drinking, sleeping and amusing ourselves and show a greater vigilance in our way of life.

     But let us avoid sin, for it undermines the unreflecting soul; let us yield no ground before our cunning foe’s tyrannical demands.

     Let us appease God’s avenging wrath, beg for mercy before our Judge, call upon him in suppliant entreaty; let all of us most humbly offer this prayer.

     Our sins have offended Your divine mercy. Yet pour out on us from heaven the grace of pardon for You are the forgiver of all sins.

     Remember that fallen though we are, we are Your handiwork. Do not, we beg You, give another the honour that is due to Your name.

     Pardon the evil we have done. Give in even greater measure the grace we ask for, so that at last it may come about that we are pleasing to You in this life and in the next.”

     Blessed Trinity and undivided Unity, grant that the sacrifice of the fast may be fruitful to Your servants.    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.



Mercifully hear our prayers, we implore You, O Lord; and stretch forth the right hand of Your Majesty against all things opposed to us. 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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