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Lent 3 Friday Evening


Part 1. From the Divine Office


For historical reasons, the Roman Brieviary commences its full liturgical
range of prayers and readings on the first Sunday of Lent.
We offer here a Lenten arrangement drawing from the Biblical treasures and prayers
taken mainly from the Roman Missal, and including parts of the Brieviary as available.


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 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.

  • A heart contrite and humbled, O God, You will not spurn.
  • For Your name’s sake, O Lord, You will preserve me, in Your justice.


  • When You are angry, O Lord, You will remember mercy.
  • You will turn, O God, and bring us to life; and Your people shall rejoice in You.


  • O Zion, praise Your God, who proclaims His judgments to Israel.


From Psalm 139 [140]

Prayer for Protection against Lying Lips



    Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man, from the violent man preserve me:

    From those who devise evil in their heart, who daily stir up strife,

    They sharpen their tongues like a serpent: under their lips is the venom of adders.

    Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked, from the violent man preserve me:

    Who plan to trip my steps, the proud have hidden a snare for me, and spread cords as a net, by the wayside they set traps for me.



    I say to the Lord: you are my God; hearken, O Lord, to the voice of my supplication.

    O Lord, God, my mighty help! You shield my head on the day of battle…..

    O I know that the Lord will render right to the needy, justice to the poor.

    Surely the just shall give praise to your name, the upright shall dwell in your presence.


    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.


Reading — Numbers 20: 2 — 3 and 6 —13


In those days the Israelites held a council against Moses and Aaron. The people contended, exclaiming, “Give us water that we may drink”. But Moses and Aaron went away from the assembly to the entrance of the Meeting Tent, where they fell prostrate. They cried to the Lord, and said, “O Lord God, hear the cry of this people, and open to them Your treasure, a fountain of living water, that being satisfied, they may cease to murmur”. The the glory of the Lord appeared to them, and the Lord said to Moses, “Take the staff and assemble the community, you and your brother Aaron, and in their presence order the rock to yield its waters. From the rock you shall bring forth water for the community and the livestock to drink.” So Moses took the staff from its place before the Lord, as he was ordered. He and Aaron assembled the community in front of the rock, where he said to them, “Listen to me, you rebels! Are we to bring water for you out of this rock”? Then, raising his hand, Moses struck the rock twice with his staff, and water gushed out in abundance for the community and their livestock to drink. But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you were not faithful to Me in showing forth My sanctity before the Israelites, you shall not lead this community into the land I will give them” These are the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites contended against the Lord, and where He revealed His sanctity among them.


A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

From the Canticle of Habakkuk

Habakkuk 3: 2 — 19

God’s judgment

This canticle is one of the most magnificent poems of all times. It depicts God the Judge,
coming to pass sentence over all the enemies of His people — the prophet sees Him in a vision.


     O Lord I have heard you renown, and seen O Lord, your work.

     In the course of the years show it forth, in the course of the years make it known; in your wrath remember compassion! —

     God comes from Theman, the Holy One from Mt Pharan.

     Covered are the heavens with his glory, and with his praise the earth is filled.

     His splendour spreads like the light; rays shine forth from beside him, where his power is concealed.

     Before him goes pestilence and the plague follows in his steps.

     When he stands, he makes the earth shake; his looks makes the nations tremble.

     The eternal mountains are shattered, the age-old hills bow low, along his ancient ways.

     Bared and ready is your bow, filled with arrows is your quiver.

     Into streams you split the earth; at sight of you the mountains tremble.

     A torrent of rain descends; the ocean gives forth its roar.

     The sun forgets the light of its rising, the moon remains in its shelter.

     At the light of your flying arrows, at the gleam of your flashing spear. —

     In wrath you bestride the earth, in fury you trample the nations.

     You come forth to save your own people, to save your anointed one…..

     I await the day of distress that will come upon the people who attack us.

     For though the fig tree blossom not nor fruit be on the vines,

     Though the yield of the olive fail and the fields produce no nourishment,

     Though the flocks be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,

     Yet will I rejoice in the Lord and exult in my saving God.

     God, my Lord, is my strength, he makes my feet swift as those of hinds and enables me to go upon the heights.



     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.



      Lord I see you are a prophet.
      Our fathers worshipped on this

     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.




      Lord I see you are a prophet.
      Our fathers worshipped on
      this mountain.



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.



Lord, I see you are a prophet. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain. 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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