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Lent 4 Friday 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.

     
 
  • 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 140 [141]

Lead Us not into Temptation.

 

     O Lord, I call to you: hasten to help me; listen to my voice, when I call to you.

     Let my prayer rise to you like incense, the lifting up of my hands like the evening sacrifice.

     Set a guard O Lord, over my mouth, keep watch at the door of my lips.

     Incline not my heart to any evil, to engage in wicked deeds; and with men who do wrong let me never feed on their choice foods.

     Let the just man strike me: it is kindness; let him rebuke me: it is oil for the head, which my head shall not refuse, but I will always pray under their corrections.

 

     Beside the rock their leaders were let go free, and they heard, how mild my words were.

     As when the ploughman breaks a furrow in the ground, so their bones lie scattered at the entrance to the abyss.
     
     For to you, O Lord God, my eyes are not turned; in you I take refuge: take not away my life…

 

     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.

     

 

Reading1 Kings [3 Kings] 17: 17 — 24

As Easter draws near accounts of raising from the dead are frequently set before us,
they foretell not only Christ’s victory over death but the passage from the death of sin to the life of grace.

In those days, the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick, and the sickness was very grievous, so that there was no breath left in him. And she said to Elijah [Elias] “What have I to do with you, O man of God. Have you come to me that my iniquities should be remembered, and that you should kill my son”? And Elijah said to her, “Give me your son.” And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him into the upper chamber where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed, and he cried to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, have You afflicted also the widow, with whom I am after a sort maintained, (See variant reading) so as to kill her son”? And he stretched, and measured himself upon the child three times, and cried to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, let the soul of this child, I beseech You, return into his body”. And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah: and the soul of the child returned into him, and he revived. And Elijah took the child, and brought him down from the upper chamber to the house below, and delivered him to his mother, and said to her, “Behold your son lives.” And the woman said to Elijah, “Now by this I know that you are a man of God, and the word of the Lord in your mouth is true.”

Variant Reading: “…..with whom I am staying.”

 

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.

Antiphon

“Lord, if You had been here, Lazarus
would not have died. But by this time
he is already decayed, for he is dead
four days in the tomb.”

       
      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

“Lord, if You had been here, Lazarus would not have died. But by this time he is already decayed, for he is dead four days in the tomb.”

 
   

 

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

Grant, we implore You, O almighty God, that we who are conscious of our weakness and trusting in Your strength, may always rejoice in Your goodness. 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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