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Lent 4 Thursday 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.

     
 
  • Give thanks to the Lord, invoke His name; make known among the nations His deeds. Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord, Look to the Lord and be strengthened; seek His face evermore.
 
  • Look, O Lord, to Your covenant; be not forever unmindful of the lives of Your afflicted ones. Arise, O Lord; defend Your cause; remember the reproaches of Your servants.
 
  • O Lord, make haste to help me. Let all those be put to shame who desire the ruin of Your servants.
   

 

From Psalm 146 [147]

Praise the Lord: the Provider of his People

 

     Praise the Lord, for he is good, sing praises to our God, for he is gracious: praise befits him.

     The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem, he gathers together the dispersed of Israel;

     He heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds

     He determines the number of the stars, he calls each one by name.

     Great is the Lord, and mighty in his strength, there is no limit to his wisdom.

The Lord lifts up the lowly; the wicked he casts to the ground.

     Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving, sing praises to our God on the lyre.

 

     Who covers the heavens with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth;

     Who makes grass to grow on the mountains, and plants for the service of man;

     Who gives to the cattle their food, to the young ravens that cry to him.

     He delights not in the strength of the horse, nor does he take pleasure in the fleetness of man.

     The Lord’s delight is in them who fear him, who put their trust in his goodness.

 

     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.

     

 

St. Luke 7: 11 — 16

St Augustine wrote, “If all people have eyes to see the dead rise,
like the son of this widow spoken of in the Gospel, all nevertheless have not eyes to see
people rise from spiritual death; for that, it is necessary oneself to have undergone a spiritual resurrection”.

At that time, Jesus went to a town called Naim; and His disciples and a large crows went with Him.  And as He drew near the gate of the town, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and a large gathering from the town was with her. And the Lord, seeing her, had compassion on her, and said to her, “Do not weep.”  And He went up and touched the stretcher; and the bearers stood still.  And He said “Young man, I say to you arise.”  And he who was dead, sat up, and began to speak.  And he gave him to his mother.  But fear seized upon all, and they began to glorify God saying, “A great prophet has risen among us,” and “God has visited His people.”

 

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 again begins to blossom. And when Your right hand has led us back to the way, may we 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

Jesus was going to a town called
Naim when, unexpectedly, a dead
man. The only son of his mother, was
carried out.

    
      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. —  the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,   

# “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

Jesus was going to a town called Naim when, unexpectedly, a dead man. The only son of his mother, was carried out.

 
   

 

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

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.

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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