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Lent 4 Monday 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.

  • O God, by Your name save me, and by Your might deliver me. O God, hear my prayer; hearken to the words of my mouth. For haughty men have risen up against me, and fierce men seek my life.
  • O God, in You I take refuge; O Lord, let me not be put to shame. Be my rock of refuge, O God, a stronghold to give me safety.
  • Sing joyfully to God, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyfull song: for the Lord, He is God.


From Psalm 26 [27]

Prayer of Confidence

     The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defence of my life: whom shall I dread?

     When evildoers assail me, to devour me, my enemies and my foes, they stumble and fall.

     Though an army should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, even then will I trust.

     One thing I ask of the Lord, this do I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,

     To enjoy the graciousness of the Lord, and to behold his temple.


     For he will hide me in his tent
In the day of adversity, he will shelter me in the secret place of his tabernacle, he will set me high upon a rock.

     Even now my head is lifted up above my enemies round about me,

     And I will offer joyful sacrifices in his tabernacle, I will sing and chant praises to the Lord.


     Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

     As it was in the beginning is was and ever shall be, world without end.    Amen.




Reading — St. John 2: 13 — 25


Jesus foretells His death and resurrection. He is the temple that is to be destroyed and that He is to build up again in three days. All through Lent the Scriptures and prayers show the characters and events of the Old Testament are a preparation and foreshadowing of what was one day to be fulfilled by Christ and His church.

At that time, the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple men selling oxen, sheep and doves, and money-changers at their tables. And making a kind of whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, also the sheep and the oxen, and He poured out the money of the changers and overturned the tables. And to them who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away, and do not make the house of My Father a house of business.” Sand His disciples remembered that it is written, “The zeal of Your house has eaten Me up”. The Jews therefore answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show us, seeing that You do these things”? In answer Jesus said to them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up”. The Jews therefore said, “Forty-six years has this temple been in building, and will You raise it up in three days”? But He was speaking of the temple of His body. When, accordingly, He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken. Now when He was at Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover, many believed in His name, seeing the signs that He was working. But Jesus did not trust Himself to them, in that He knew all men, and because He had no need that anyone should bear witness concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.


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.




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.


“Away with these things,” the Lord
says, “and do not make My Father’s
house a market place”.

     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.




“Away with these things,” the Lord
says, “and do not make My Father’s
house a market place”.



 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.



We implore You, almighty God, grant that, as year by year, we devoutly keep these sacred fasts, we may please You both in body and soul. 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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