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Lent 4 Friday 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.

  • The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims His handiwork. Let the thought of my heart find favour before You, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.
  • It is better to take refuge in the Lord rather than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord rather than to trust in princes.
  • Lowly people You save, O Lord, but haughty eyes You bring low; for who is God except You, O Lord.


From Psalm 83 [84]

Prayer for Holy Communion


     How lovely is your dwelling place O, Lord of Hosts! My soul yearns for the courts of the Lord;

     My heart and my flesh acclaim the living God.

     Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, wherein to place her young: Your altars, O Lord of host, my king and my God!

   Happy are they who dwell in your house, O Lord, they praise you without ceasing…..

     Lord of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob.



     Behold, O God, our shield, and look upon the face of your anointed.

     Truly one day in your courts is better than a thousand others; I had rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of sinners.

     For the Lord God is a sun and a shield: the Lord bountifully bestows grace and glory, He withholds no good thing from those who walk blamelessly.

     O Lord of hosts, happy the man who trusts in 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.    



Reading — St. John 11: 1 — 45

Jesus is within a few days of His arrest and His passion.
On the eve of the decisive struggle when He will overcome death by His own death, He raises up Lazarus.

At that time, a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Bethany, and her sister Martha. Now it was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. The sisters therefore sent to Him, saying, “Lord behold, he whom You love is sick.” But when Jesus heard this, He said to them, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that through it the Son of God may be glorified.” And Jesus loved Martha and her sister Mary, and Lazarus. So when He heard that he was sick, He remained two more days in the same place. Then afterwards He said to His disciples, “Let us go again into Judea.” The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, just now the Jews were seeking to stone You; and do You go there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If a man walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if he walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” These things He spoke, and after this He said to them, “Lazarus, our friend sleeps. But I go that I may wake him from sleep.”  His disciples therefore said, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will be safe”. Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought He was speaking of the repose of sleep. So then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead; and I rejoice on your account that I was not there, that you may believe. But let us go to him.” Thomas, who is called the Twin, said therefore to his fellow-disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” Jesus therefore came and found him already four days in the tomb.  Now Bethany was close to Jerusalem, some fifteen stadia (See footnote) distant. And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary, to comfort them on account of their brother. When, therefore, Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet Him. But Mary remained at home. Martha therefore said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You shall ask of God, God will give it to you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother shall rise”. Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise at the resurrection, on the last day”. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me, even if he die, shall live; and whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”  She said to Him, “Yes Lord I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, Who have come into the world.” And when she had said this she went away and quietly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Master is here and calls you.” As soon as she heard this, she rose quickly and came to Him, for Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met Him. When, therefore, the Jews who were with her in the house and were comforting her, saw Mary rise up quickly and go out, they followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there”. When, therefore, Mary came where Jesus was and saw Him, she fell at His feet, and said to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died”. When, therefore, Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her weeping, He groaned in spirit and was troubled and said, “Where have you laid him”? They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” And Jesus wept. The Jews therefore said, “See how he loved him”. But some of them said, “Could not He who opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that this man should not die”? Jesus therefore, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was laid against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time he is already decayed, for he is dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Have I not told you that if you believe you shall behold the glory of God”? They therefore removed the stone. And Jesus, raising his eyes, said, “Father, I give You thanks that You have heard Me. Yet I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people who stand around, I spoke that they may believe that You have sent Me.” When he had said this, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And at once he who had been dead came forth, bound feet and hands with bandages, and his face was tied up with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go”. Many therefore of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen what He did, believed in Him.
Footnote: stadia — a distance


Hymn as a Prayer


   As holy custom has taught us, let us keep this well-known fast of forty days.

   Moses and Isaiah originally revealed this period of forty days and in later times Christ the King, the king and maker of all seasons, hallowed it.

   Therefore let us give less time to talking, eating, drinking, sleeping and amusing ourselves and show a greater vigilance in our way of life.

   But let us avoid sin, for it undermines the unreflecting soul; let us yield no ground before our cunning foe’s tyrannical demands.

            Let us appease God’s avenging wrath, beg for mercy before our Judge, call upon him in suppliant entreaty; let all of us most humbly offer this prayer.



   Our sins have offended Your divine mercy. Yet pour out on us from heaven the grace of pardon for You are the forgiver of all sins.

   Remember that fallen though we are, we are Your handiwork. Do not, we beg You, give another the honour that is due to Your name.

   Pardon the evil we have done. Give in even greater measure the grace we ask for, so that at last it may come about that we are pleasing to You in this life and in the next.”

   Blessed Trinity and undivided Unity, grant that the sacrifice of the fast may be fruitful to Your servants.    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.


“Lazarus, our friend, Is sleeping.
Let us go and waken him from sleep.”

      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. —  the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,   

# “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.





“Lazarus, our friend, Is sleeping. Let us go and waken him from sleep.”



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, 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.


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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