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Lent 3 Saturday Evening


Part 1. From the Divine Office

Celebrating the beginning of the Lord’s Day — and the new week. Genesis 1: 5.

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.

  • Be bountiful, O Lord, to Zion in Your kindness.
  • Just is the Lord, our God, and there is no wrong in Him. 


  • On His servants the Lord shall have pity; and He shall be merciful to the land of His people.
  • From the dread enemy, O Lord, preserve my life.



  • Praise the Lord for His sovereign majesty.


From Psalm 144 [145]

Praise of God’s Great Goodness.


     The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in kindness.

     The Lord is good to all, and merciful toward all his works.

     Let all your works praise you, O Lord and let your faithful bless you.

     Let them tell of the glory of your kingdom, and proclaim your might,

            to make men know your might and the glory of your magnificent kingdom.


     Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all ages.


     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.


Psalm 133 [134]

Exhortation to the Night Watch
To Bless the Lord.



     Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord; who stand in the house of the Lord during the night hours.

     Lift up your hands towards the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.

     May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth.


     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 — Genesis 27: 6 — 40


In those days, Rebecca said to her son Jacob, “I heard your father tell your brother Esau, ‘Bring me some game; prepare some savory food for me to eat, and then I will bless you in the sight of the Lord before I die’. Now my son, do what I tell you. Go to the flock and bring me two choice kids that I may make of them, savory food for your father, such as he likes. Then bring it to your father to eat, that he may bless you before he dies”. Jacob said to his mother Rebecca, “But Esau my brother is a hairy man, while I am smooth. If my father touches me, it will seem to him that I am mocking him. Thus I shall bring a curse on myself instead of a blessing”. His mother replied, “Let the curse fall on me, my son! Do but listen to me; go get them for me”. He went, selected them, and brought them to his mother, who prepared savory food such as his father liked. Then Rebecca took the best clothes of her elder son Esau, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. She put the skins of the kids on his hands and over the smooth part of his neck. Then she gave her son Jacob the savory food and bread she had prepared. He went to his father and said, “Father”! He answered, “Here I am. Who are you, my son”? And Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau, your first-born. I have done as you told me; sit up please! Eat again of my game, that you may bless me”. Isaac replied, “How could you find it so quickly, my son”?  He answered, “The Lord your God let me come upon it”. Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come close that I may touch you my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not”.  Jacob went close to his father; Isaac touched him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau”. (He did not recognise him because his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he blessed him.) Isaac said, “Are you really my son Esau”? Jacob answered, “Yes, I am”. Isaac continued, “Set your game near me, my son, that I may eat it, and bless you”. He set it before him and he ate of it, and he brought him some wine, which he drank. Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come close and kiss me, my son”. He came close and kissed him. When he smelled the fragrance of his garments, he blessed him and said, “The fragrance of my son is like the fragrance of a field which the Lord has blessed! God give you dew from heaven, and fruitfulness of the earth, abundance of grain and wine. Let nations serve you, peoples bow down to you. Be master of your brothers; may your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be those who curse you, blessed be those who bless you”. Isaac had pronounced the blessing and Jacob had just left his father’s presence, when his brother Esau returned from hunting. He also prepared savory food and brought it to his father, saying, “Sit up, father, and eat of your son’s game, that you may bless me”. His father Isaac said to him, “Who are you”? He answered, “I am Esau, your first-born son”. Isaac was greatly disturbed, and asked, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? Before you came I ate heartily and then blessed him; and he shall be blessed”. On hearing his father’s words, Esau uttered a very loud and bitter cry, and said to him, “Father, bless me too”. But he answered, “Your brother came deceitfully and received your blessing”. The he said, “Must he, true to his name Jacob, supplant me now a second time? He took my birthright and now he has taken my blessing”. He added, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me”? Isaac answered Esau, “I have appointed him your lord, and have given him all his brothers as servants. I have enriched him with grain and wine; what then can I do for you my son”? But Esau said to his father, “Have you only one blessing, father? Bless me also, my father”. And Esau wept aloud. His father Isaac answered him, “Without the fruitfulness of the earth shall your dwelling be; without the dew of the heavens above”.


A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

From a Canticle of Moses

Deuteronomy 32: 1 — 18

Fidelity to God

Fidelity to God This is the song of Moses taking leave of his people just before his death.
It is a highly poetic song, portraying God’s justice and fidelity towards
His chosen people in stirring words and portraits.
We can interpret the song for our own lives as God’s constant paternal care over all
His children; nor will we fail to recognise our own infidelity to God.


    Give ear O heavens, while I speak; the earth hearken to the words of my mouth!

    May my instruction soak in like the rain, and my discourse permeate like the dew,

    Like a downpour upon the grass, like a shower upon the crops:

    For I will sing the Lord’s renown. Oh, proclaim the greatness of our God!

    The Rock—how faultless are his deeds, how right are his ways!

    A faithful God, without deceit, how just and upright he is!

    Yet basely has he been treated by his degenerate children, a perverse and crooked race!

    Is the Lord, to be thus repaid by you, O stupid and foolish people?

Is he not your father who created you? Has he not made you and established 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.    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.


But the father said to his servants,
“Fetch (bring) quickly the best robe
and put it on him, and give him a ring
for his finger and sandals for his feet.

      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.




But the father said to his servants, “Fetch (bring) quickly the best robe and put it on him, and give him a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet.



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,, in Your unceasing goodness, guard Your family; that we who lean only upon the hope of Your heavenly grace, may always be defended by Your heavenly protection. 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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