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Lent 4 Thursday Evening


Part 1. From the Divine Office

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



     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.

  • Against You only have I sinned, O Lord; have mercy on me.
  • Return, O Lord, and be entreated in favour of Your servants.


  • My strength and my glory is the Lord, and He has become my salvation.
  • You have multiplied, O God, Your mercy.


  • Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.


From Psalm 137 [138]

Prayers of Thanksgiving.


     I will give thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart, for you have heard the words of my mouth;

     In the presence of the angels I will sing praises to you, I will prostrate myself toward your holy temple, and I will praise your name because of your kindness and faithfulness, for you have magnified above all your name and your promise.

     When I call upon you, you answered me you increased strength within me.

     All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, when they hear the words of your mouth

     And they shall sing of the ways of the Lord; “Great indeed is the glory of the Lord.”


     Indeed the Lord is high, yet he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he regards from afar.

     Though I walk in the midst of tribulation, you preserve my life, you stretch forth your hand against the wrath of my enemies, your right hand saves me.

     The Lord will complete his work in my behalf. O Lord, your kindness is everlasting; forsake not the works of your hands.


     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.


Reading2 Kings [4 Kings] 17: 17 — 38

Elisha [Eliseus], lying on the dead child in order to restore him to life,
is a figure of Christ sharing our human nature even to death in order to raise us up with Him.


In those days a Shunammite [Sunamite] woman came to Elisha [Eliseus] to Mount Carmel: and when the man of God saw her coming toward him, he said to Gehazi [Giezi] his servant, “Behold that Shunammitess. Go therefore to meet her, and say to her: Is it well with you, and with your husband, and with your son?” And she answered, “Well.” And when she came to the man of God to the mount, she caught hold on his feet: and Gehazi came to remove her. And the man of God said, “Let her alone: for her soul is in anguish, and the Lord has hid it from me and has not told me.” And she said to him, “Did I ask a son of my Lord? Did I not say to you: Do not deceive me?”  Then he said to Gehazi, “Gird up your loins, and take me staff in your hand and go. If any man meets you salute him not: and if any man salute you, answer him not: and lay my staff upon the face of the child.” But the mother of the child said, “As the Lord lives and your soul lives. I will not leave you.” He arose therefore, and followed here. But Gehazi was gone before them and laid the staff up on the face of the child, and there was no voice nor sense: and he returned to meet him, and told him saying, “The child is not risen.” Elisha therefore went into the house, and behold the child lay dead on his bed: and going in he shut the door upon him, and upon the child: and prayed to the Lord. And he went up and lay upon the child and he put his mouth upon his mouth and he eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands, and he bowed himself upon him: and the child’s flesh grew warm. Then he returned, and walked in the house, once to and fro; and he went up and lay upon him: and the child gaped seven times, and opened his eyes. And he called Gehazi i, and said to him, “Call this Shunammitess.” And she being called went in to him. And he said, “Take up your son”. She came and fell at his feet, and worshipped upon the ground: and took up her son, and went out, and Elisha returned to Gilgal, [Galgal].


A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

From a Canticle of Moses

Exodus 15: 1 — 18

This is the song of thanksgiving sung by Moses after the Israelites had passed through the Red Sea
and the armies of Pharoah had been annihilated.
This canticle is one of the best models of Hebrew poetry.
The Christian will have thoughts of redemption and baptism as he prays:
deliverance from Egypt and passing through the Red Sea are figures for these two mysteries.


 Jubilation over Pharoah’s ruin.

      I will sing to the Lord, for he is gloriously triumphant; horse and chariot he has cast into the sea.

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

      He is my God, I praise him; the God of my father, I extol him. —

      The Lord is a warrior, Lord is his name!

      Pharoah’s chariots and army he hurled into the sea; the elite of his officers were submerged in the Red Sea.

      The flood waters covered them, they sank into the depths like a stone.

God’s power and fidelity.

      Your right hand, O Lord magnificent in power, your right hand, O Lord, has shattered the enemy.

      In your great majesty, you overthrew your adversaries; you loosed your wrath to consume them like stubble…


      Who is like to you among the gods,

      O Lord Who is like to you, magnificent in holiness, terrible in renown, worker of wonders?

      When you stretched out your right hand, the earth swallowed them!

      In your mercy you led the people you redeemed; in your strength you guided them to your holy dwelling…..

      And you brought them in and planted them on the mountain of your inheritance — the place where you made your seat, O Lord, the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands established.

      The Lord shall reign forever and ever.


      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.


A great prophet has risen among us.
God has visited His people.

      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.




A great prophet has risen among us. God has visited His people.



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.



O God, the Creator and Ruler of Your people, cast out the sins by which they are assailed, that they may always be pleasing to You, and secure by 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.


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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