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Lent 4 Tuesday Evening

 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

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

 

Opening

   
    God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to my 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.

     
 
  • Wipe out my offense, O Lord, in the greatness of  Your compassion.
 
  • Fight my fight, O God, against a faithless people.

 

  • You will correct me Lord, and enable me to live.
 
  • May God have pity on us and bless us.

 

  • Praise the Lord, for He is kind and gracious to His servants.
     

 

From Psalm 12 [13]

Confident Prayer in Time of Trial

     How long, O Lord, will you utterly forget me? How long will you hide your face from me?

     How long shall I harbour sorrow in my soul, grief in my heart day after day?

     How long shall my foe triumph over me, answer me, O Lord, my God! Give light to my eyes, lest I fall asleep in death, lest my enemy say: “I have vanquished him;”

 

     Let not my enemies rejoice, that I have fallen: for I have trusted in your goodness.

     Let my heart rejoice because of your help; I will sing to the Lord, who has bestowed good things upon 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.

     

 

Reading — Exodus 32: 7 — 14

The prayer of Moses appeases the wrath of God; the prayer of Jesus on the cross attains God’s pardon for all people.

 

In those days, the Lord said to Moses, “Go down from the mountain to your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt, for they have become depraved. They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them, making for themselves a molten calf and worshipping it, sacrificing to it and crying out, “This is your God, O Israel, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt!’ I see how stiff-necked this people is,” continued the Lord to Moses. “Let Me alone, then, that My wrath may blaze up against them to consume them. Then I will make you a great nation.” But Moses implored the Lord his God, saying, “Why, O Lord, should Your wrath blaze up against Your own people, whom You brought out of the land of Egypt with such great power and so strong a hand? Why should the Egyptians say, “With evil intent He brought them out, that He might kill them in the mountains and exterminate them from the face of the earth’? Let Your blazing wrath die down; relent in punishing Your people. Remember Your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, and how You swore to them by Your own self, saying, ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky; and all this land that I promised, I will give your descendants as their perpetual heritage.’ ” So the Lord relented in the punishment He had threatened to inflict on His people.

 

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

The Canticle of Hezekiah [Ezechias]

Isaiah 38: 10 — 20

Thanksgiving for the grace of repentance

This is the song of King Hezekiah [Ezechias] during his critical illness and again during the time of his recovery.
It falls logically into two parts:   1. description of the sickness;   2. thanksgiving for recovery.
For us it is a prayer of repentance: our sickness is a disease of the soul, sin,
from which we beg God to heal us. Our thanksgiving is the grace of repentance.

 

Sickness — Sin

     Once I said, “In the noontime of life I must depart to the gates of the nether world. I am bereft of the rest of my years”.

     I said, “I shall see the Lord no more in the land of the living. The Lord keeps me; and so we will sing my psalms all the days of our life in the house of the Lord”.

     No longer shall I behold my fellow men among those who dwell in the world”.

     My dwelling, like a shepherd’s tent, is struck down and borne away from me.

     I fold up my life like a weaver; he cuts me off from the thread. Day and night you give me over to torment.
                   
     I cry out until the dawn. Like a lion he breaks all my bones; day and night you give me over to torment.

     Like a swallow I utter shrill cries; I moan like a dove.

     My eyes grow weak, gazing heavenward: O Lord I am in straits; be my surety! —

Redemption

     What shall I say? For he has told me and he has done it! I shall go on through all my years despite the bitterness of my soul.

     Those live whom the Lord protects, and among them my life will go on: You have healed me and kept me alive!

     Thus is my bitterness transformed into salvation. You have preserved my life from the pit of destruction when you cast behind you all my sins.

     For it is not the nether world that gives you thanks, nor death that praises you; neither do those who go down into the pit await your kindness.

     The living, the living give you thanks, as I do today: fathers declare to their sons your faithfulness.

     The Lord keeps me; and so we will sing my psalms all the dfays of our life in the house of 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.

   

 

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

No one laid hands on Him, for His
hour had not yet come.

      
      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

No one laid hands on Him, for His hour had not yet come.

 
     

 

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

Have mercy, O Lord, on Your people, and mercifully grant them relief who labour under continual tribulations. 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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