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Lent 3 Sunday Evening

 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

 

We recommend reading, “The Joy of Lent” as near as practicable to the start of Lent.

 

Opening

 

    
     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 in Your kindness, Lord, that the walls of Jerusalem may be rebuilt.
 
  • The Lord is my helper, I fear not what man can do against me.

 

  • The fire forgot its proper strength, that Your servants might be freed unharmed.
 
  • My soul clings fast to You, my God.

 

 

  • Sun and moon, praise God, for His name alone is exalted.
   

 

From Psalm 112 [113]

A Call to Praise the Lord

 

      Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.

      Blessed be the name of the Lord both now and forever.

      From sunrise to sunset may the name of the Lord be praised.

      The Lord is high above all nations, his glory above the heavens.

      Who is like the Lord, our God, who is enthroned on high and looks down upon heaven and earth.

 

      He raises the needy from the dust, he lifts the poor man from the dunghill,

      to place him with princes, with the princes of his people.

      He makes her, who was barren, to dwell in a home, the joyful mother of children.

 

     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]

Night Prayer

     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.

 
   

 

Reading — Ephesians 5: 1 — 9

 

      Brethren: Be imitators of God, as very dear children and walk in love, as Christ also loved us and delivered Himself up for us an offering and a sacrifice to God to ascend in fragrant odour. But immorality and every uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becomes saints; or obscenity or foolish talk or scurrility, which are out of place; but rather thanksgiving. For know this and understand, that no fornicator, or unclean person, or covetous one (for that is idolatry) has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no-one lead you astray with empty words; for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the children of disobedience. Do not, then, become partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk, then, as children of light, for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and justice and truth.

 

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

The Canticle of the three young men

Daniel 3: 52 — 57

This hymn is the introduction to the longer praise usually called the Benedicite (Blessing God).

    Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever;

    And blessed is your holy and glorious name, praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.

    Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory, praiseworthy and glorious above all forever.

    Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.

    Blessed are you who look into the depths from your throne upon the Cherubim, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.

    Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven, praiseworthy and glorious forever.

    Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord, praiseworthy and exalt him above all 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.

   

 

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.

 

Antiphon

      A certain woman lifted up her
voice from the crowd and said,
“Blessed is the womb that bore
you, and the breasts that nursed
you”. But Jesus said to her, “Rather
blessed are they who hear the word
of God and keep it”.

      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.

 

 

Antiphon

Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.

 
   

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Traditional                                                      

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.
Amen.

Contemporary

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.
Amen.

 

Prayer

We implore You, almighty God, to regard the desires of those who humble themselves, and, for our defense, stretch forth the right hand of Your Majesty. 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.

 

Closing

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.

Amen.

     
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