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Lent 3 Saturday 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 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.

  • Hearken to my words, O Lord, attend to my sighing. Heed my call for help, my King and my God! To You I pray, O Lord; at dawn You hear my voice.
  • Even though I walk in the dark valley, I fear no evil; for You are at my side, O Lord, With Your rod and Your staff that give me courage.
  • Has no one condemned you woman? No one, Lord. Neither will I condemn you; now sin no more.


From Psalm 107 [108]

Praise God, the Just Judge!

     My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will chant and sing praises.

     Awake, O my soul; awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.

     I will praise thee, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to you among the nations.

     For your goodness is great, even unto the heavens, and your faithfulness unto the clouds.



     Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; may your glory be over all the earth.

     That your beloved may be delivered, help with your right hand, and answer us…..

     Give us help against the foe, for man’s help is futile.

     Through God we shall do valiantly, and he will crush our enemies.


     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  St. Luke 15: 11 — 32


At that time, Jesus went up to the Mount of Olives. And at daybreak He came again to the temple, and all the people came to Him; and sitting down He began to teach them. Now the Scribes and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and setting her in the midst, said to Him, “Master, this woman has just now been caught in adultery. And in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such persons. What, therefore, do You say?” Now they were saying this to test Him, in order that they might be able to accuse Him. But Jesus, stooping down, began to write with His finger on the ground. But when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone at her”. And again stooping down, He began to write on the ground. But hearing this, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest. And Jesus remained alone with the woman standing in the midst. And Jesus raising Himself, said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”  She said, “No one, Lord”. Then Jesus said, “Neither will I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on, sin no more.”


Hymn as a Prayer


      Jesus salvation’s sun, shine bright in our inmost souls until night is driven away and day with its more welcome joys rises again.

      Having given us this “acceptable time,” grant that we may purify by abundant sorrow the sacrifice we make of our heart and that our love may willingly consume the sacrifice in its flames.

      Tears of repentance will never stop welling up from our heart, the source of our past sin, if the rod of penance break its stubborn rock.


      The day — Your day — is coming, when everything begins to blossom. And when Your right hand has led us back to the way, we may too rejoice on that day.

      May the world that You constructed humbly adore You merciful Trinity, and may we, renewed by grace, sing a new hymn of praise.   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.


Jesus, stooped down and began
writing on the ground.
“If anyone is without sin let him cast
a stone at her”.

      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. —

# “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.




Jesus, stooped down and began
writing on the ground.
“If anyone is without sin let him cast
a stone at her”.



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.



Grant, we implore You, almighty God, that they who abstain from food to mortify their flesh, may fast from sin by following after justice. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who Lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.



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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