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Lent 4 Sunday 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.

     
 
  • Then shall You be pleased with due sacrifices, if You turn away Your face from my sins.
 
  • It is better to trust in the Lord than to trust in princes.

 

  • You have the power, O Lord, to rescue us from a strong hand; deliver us, O our God.
 
  • Your right hand has upheld me, Lord.

 

 

  • Kings of the earth and all peoples, praise God.
   

 

From Psalm 90 [91]

Night Prayer.

     You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide under the shadow of the Almighty

     Say to the Lord: “My refuge and my fortress, my God in who I trust”.

     For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowlers, from the deadly pestilence.

     He will shelter you with his pinions, and you shall take refuge under his wings: his fidelity is a shield and a buckler……

     For the Lord is your refuge, you have made the Most High your defence.

     No evil shall befall you, no plague shall approach your dwelling,

     Because he has given his angels charge over you, to protect you in all your ways.

 

     No evil shall befall you, no plague shall approach your dwelling,

     Because he has given his angels charge over you, to protect you in all your ways.

     Upon their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

     You shall tread upon the asp and the viper, you shall trample under foot the lion and the serpent.

     Because he remained close to me, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he has known my name……

 

     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.

 

Psalm 133 [134]

Night Prayer

     Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord; who stand in the house of the Lord during the night hours.

     Lift up your hands towards the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.

     May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth.

 

     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 — 2 Corinthians 6: 1 — 10

In this reading, St. Paul interprets Genesis 16, and 21: 1 – 21
using allegorical language to show Hagar [Agar] typifying the Synagogue and Sara, the Church.
His aim is to show that in the order of salvation, all rests on the gift of God, the promise.
The heirs of this promise are those who believe in Christ who is its fulfillment.

Brethren: It is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by a slave-girl and the other by a free woman. And the son of the slave-girl was born according to the flesh, but the son of the free woman in virtue of the promise. This is said by way of allegory. * For these are the two covenants: one indeed from Mount Sinai bringing forth children unto bondage, which is Hagar [Agar]. For Sinai is a mountain in Arabia, which corresponds to the present Jerusalem, and is in slavery with her children. But that Jerusalem which is above is free, which is our mother. For it is written, “Rejoice O barren one, that do not bear; break forth and cry, you that do not travail; for many are the children of the desolate, more than of her that has a husband”. Now we, brethren, are the children of promise, as Isaac was. But as then he who was born according to the spirit, so also it is now. But what does the Scripture say?  “Cast out the slave-girl and her son, for the son of the slave-girl shall not be heir with the son of the free woman.” Therefore brethren, we are not children of a slave-girl, but of the free woman — in virtue of the freedom wherewith Christ has made us free.

* Footnote:

This can be a difficult passage to follow. We draw in this footnote, from a number of scholars.

St. Paul is explaining how the followers of Jesus Christ are the true Israel. He had been forced into doing this because of those who considered themselves superior – due to being legally Jews by birth and therefore the inheritor’s of God’s promises. Verse 21 is tantamount to saying “You hear the Law read out to you but you never listen to what it actually says”. Courageously, he explains, for those of his readers / listeners who understand Jewish teaching, that the children of grace are the true heirs of Abraham.

In Verses 24 – 27 Paul quotes Isaiah 54: 1. This reinforces without any doubt in his opinion, that Gods promise fulfilled, not just natural generation, will produce the inheritors by the new Jerusalem.

Like Isaac, Christians are children of promise, not Law. Their relationship with God has grown, not from natural descent, but from the Covenant of grace.

 

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

The Canticle of the three young men

Daniel 3: 52 — 57

This hymn is the introduction to the longer praise usually called the Benedicite (Blessing God).

    Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever;

    And blessed is your holy and glorious name, praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.

    Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory, praiseworthy and glorious above all forever.

    Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.

    Blessed are you who look into the depths from your throne upon the Cherubim, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.

    Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven, praiseworthy and glorious forever.

    Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord, praiseworthy and exalt him above all 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.

   

 

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

Jesus therefore went up into the
mountain, and there He stayed with
His disciples.

      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

Jesus therefore went up into the mountain, and there He stayed with His disciples.

 
   

 

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 us, we implore You, O merciful God, that we may use with sincere veneration, and always receive with faithful minds, Your holy mysteries with which we are continually fed. 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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