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Lent 4 Saturday Morning

 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

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

 

Opening

 

    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.

     
 
  • “All You who thirst, come to the waters,” says the Lord; “and you who have no money, come and drink with joy.” Hearken My people, to My teaching; incline your ears to the words of My mouth.
 
  • Why, O Lord, do You stand aloof? Why hide in times of distress? While the wicked man is proud, the afflicted is set on fire. On You, O Lord, the unfortunate man depends; of the fatherless You are the helper.
 
  • The Lord is become my rock; my fortress, my deliverer; and in Him will I put my trust.
     

 

From Psalm 150

Let All Creation Praise God

 

 

     Praise the Lord in his sanctuary, praise him in his majestic firmament.

     Praise him for his mighty deeds, praise him for his supreme majesty.

     Praise him with the blast of the horn, praise him with the harp and lyre.

     Praise him with timbrel and dance, praise him with strings and pipe.

     Praise him with loud sounding cymbals, praise him with crashing cymbals: let every being that breathes praise 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 – St. John 8: 12 — 20

This reminder from our Lord that He is the “light of the world, should help us understand better
the greatness of the gifts which God has bestowed on us (especially the Faith) to help us be more faithful to Him.

 

At the time, Jesus spoke to the multitudes of the Jews saying, “I am the light of the world, He who follows Me does not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” The Pharisees therefore said to Him, “You bear witness to Yourself. Your witness is not true.” Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I bear witness to Myself, My witness is true, because I know where I came from and where I go. But you do not know where I came from or where I go. You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. And even if I do judge, My judgment is true, because I am not alone, but with Me is He Who sent ME, the Father. And in your Law it is written that the witness of two persons is true. It is I Who bear witness to Myself, and He Who sent Me, The Father, bears witness to Me.”  They therefore said to Him, “Where is Your Father?”Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father. If you knew Me you would then know My Father also.” Jesus spoke these words in the treasury, while teaching in the temple.  And no one seized Him, because His hour and not yet come.

 

Hymn as a Prayer

 

      Jesus salvation’s sun, shine bright in our inmost souls until night is driven away and day with its more welcome joys rises again.

      Having given us this “acceptable time,” grant that we may purify by abundant sorrow the sacrifice we make of our heart and that our love may willingly consume the sacrifice in its flames.

      Tears of repentance will never stop welling up from our heart, the source of our past sin, if the rod of penance break its stubborn rock.

 

      The day — Your day — is coming, when everything begins to blossom. And when Your right hand has led us back to the way, we may too rejoice on that day.

      May the world that You constructed humbly adore You merciful Trinity, and may we, renewed by grace, sing a new hymn of praise.   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.

 

Antiphon

“He who follows Me, does not walk in
darkness, but will have the light of
life”, says the Lord.

    
      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.

 

 

Antiphon

“He who follows Me, does not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”, says the Lord.

 
   

 

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

May the fervour of our devotion be made fruitful by Your grace, we implore You, O Lord, for then will our fasts be profitable to us, if they are pleasing to 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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