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Lent 4 Monday 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.

     
 
  • Have mercy on me O God, in Your great goodness
 
  • Guide me in Your justice, Lord!

 

  • Your anger has abated, O Lord, and You have consoled me.
 
  • The Lord will give strength and bless His people with peace.

 

  • Praise the Lord, for steadfast is His kindness towards us.
     

 

From Psalm 26 [27]

Prayer of Confidence

     Hear O Lord, my voice which cries to you, be gracious to me and answer me.

     My heart speaks to you, my face seeks you, your face, O Lord, I seek.

     Hide not your face from me, rebuff not your servant in anger.

     You are my help; cast me not off, nor forsake me O God, my Saviour.

     You my father and my mother abandon me, yet will the Lord receive me.

     Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me along a safe path because of my enemies.

 

     Deliver me not to the desires of my foes, for false witnesses have risen up against me, and men who breathe violence.

     I believe that I shall behold the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

     Wait for the Lord, be strong, and let your heart take courage, and wait for the Lord.

 

     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 — 1 Kings: 3: 16 — 28 [3 Kings 3: 16—28]

 

The judgment of Solomon is a pre-figuring of the work of wisdom and justice that Christ was to accomplish. It heralds the reign of the King of Peace.

In those days there came two women who were harlots, to king Solomon, and stood before him, and one of them said, “I implore you, my Lord: I and this woman dwelt in one house, and I was delivered of a child with her in the chamber. And the third day after that I was delivered, she was also delivered: and we were together, and no other person with us in the house, only we two. And this woman’s child died in the night: for in her sleep she overlaid him. And rising in the dead time of night, she took my child from my side, while I, your handmaid, was asleep, and laid it in her bosom: and laid her dead child in my bosom. And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold it was dead: but considering him more diligently when it was clear day, I found it was not mine which I bore.” And the other woman answered, “It is not so as you say, but your child is dead and mine is alive”. On the contrary she said, “You lie: for my child lives and your child is dead”. And in this manner they strove before the king. Then said the king, “The one says: ‘My child is alive, and your child is dead’ and the other answers: ‘No but your child is dead, and mine lives’ “. The king therefore said, “Bring me a sword”. And when they had brought a sword before the king, “Divide”, said he, “the living child in two, and give half to one, and half to the other”. But the woman whose child was alive said to the king (for her heart was moved for her child), “I implore you, my lord give her the child alive, and do not kill it”. But the other said, “Let it be neither mine nor yours, but divide it”. The king answered and said, “Give the living child to this woman, and let it not be killed: for she is the mother thereof.” And all Israel heard the judgment which the king had judged, and they feared the king, seeing that the wisdom of God was in him to do judgment.

 

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

The Canticle of Isaiah [Isaias]

Isaiah 12: 1 — 6

In this Messianic song, the prophet shows redeemed mankind thanking God for their liberation
from the evil one and for the blessings of the Messianic kingdom, the “fountain of salvation”.

    I give thanks, O Lord; though you have been angry with me, your anger has abated, and you have consoled me.

    God indeed is my saviour; I am confident and unafraid.

    My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my saviour. —

    With joy will you draw water at the fountain of salvation,

    And say on that day: Give thanks to the Lord, acclaim his name;

    Among the nations make known his deeds, proclaim how exalted is his name.

    Sing praise to the Lord, for his glorious achievement; let this be known throughout all the earth.

     Shout with exultation, O city of Zion for great in your midst is the holy one of Israel!

 

    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

“Destroy this temple,” the Lord says,
“and I will rebuild it in three days.”
He meant, however, the temple of
His body.

       
      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

“Destroy this temple,” the Lord
says, “and I will rebuild it in
three days.”
He meant, however, the temple
of His body.

 
   

 

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

In Your mercy, O Lord, we implore You, hear our supplication; and to those to whom You give the spirit of prayer, grant the help of Your 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.

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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