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Lent 4 Tuesday Morning


Part 1. From the Divine Office

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



    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.

  • Hearken, O God, to my prayer; turn not away from my pleading; give heed to me, and answer me. I rock with grief, and am troubled at the voice of the enemy and the clamour of the wicked.
  • Arise, O Lord, help us! Redeem us for Your name’s sake. O God, our ears have heard, our fathers have declared top us, the deeds You did in their days, in days of old.
  • I have waited, waited for the Lord, and He stooped toward me and heard my cry. And He put a new song into my mouth, a hymn to our God.


From Psalm 66 [67]

A Prayer for the Missions.

    May God be gracious to us and bless us; may he look with favour upon us,

    That man may know his way on earth, his saving power among all nations.

    May the peoples give thanks to you, O God, may all the peoples give thanks to you.

    May the nations be glad and rejoice, for you judge the peoples justly and rule the nations on earth.



    May the peoples give thanks to you, O God, may all the peoples give thanks to you.

    The earth has yielded its fruit; God, our God, has blessed us.

    May God bless us, and may all the ends of the earth fear him.


     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 7: 14 — 31


Opposed by his enemies Jesus puts them to shame. He dominates them with the whole greatness of His mission and personality. No one dares lay a hand upon Him and in the crowd many believe in His word.

At that time, when the feast was already half over, Jesus went up into the temple and began to teach. And the Jews marvelled, saying, “How does this man come by learning, since He has not studied”? Jesus answered them and said, “My teaching is not my own, but His Who sent Me. If anyone desires to do His will, he will know of the teaching whether it is from God, or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory. But he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is truthful, and there is no injustice in him. Did not Moses give you the Law, and none of you observes the Law? Why do you seek to put Me to death?” The crowd answered and said, “You have a devil. Who seeks to put You to death”? Jesus answered and said to them, “One work I did and you all wonder. For this reason, Moses gave you the circumcision.” — not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers — and on a Sabbath you circumcise a man. If a man receives circumcision on a Sabbath, that the Law of Moses may not be broken, are you indignant with Me because I made a whole man well on a Sabbath? Judge not by appearances but give just judgment.” Some therefore of the people of Jerusalem were saying, “Is not this the man they seek to kill? And behold, He speaks openly and they say nothing to Him. Can it be that the rulers have really come to know that this is the Christ? Yet we know where this man comes from; but when the Christ comes, no one will know where He is from.” Jesus therefore, while teaching in the temple, cried out and said, “You both know Me, and know where I am from. Yet I have not come of Myself, but He is true, Who has sent Me, Whom you do not know. I know Him because I am from Him, and He sent Me.” They wanted therefore to seize Him, but no one laid hands on Him because His hour had not yet come. Many of the people, however believed in Him.



Hymn as a Prayer


      Bounteous Creator, hear the prayers of repentance we offer You during the holy fast of forty days.

      Loving searcher of our heart, You know how feeble our strength is; give those who return to You the grace of pardon.

      We have sinned much, but spare us who confess our guilt; for Your name’s honour bring healing remedy to the sick.



      Grant that our body be brought into subjection by fasting, that our hearts, free of sin, leave untouched anything that feeds sin.

      Blessed Trinity and undivided Unity, grant that the sacrifice of the fast may be fruitful to Your servants.    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.


“Why do you seek to kill Me, One
that has spoken the truth to you?”

      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.




“Why do you seek to kill Me, One that has spoken the truth to you?”



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 Lord, we implore You, that the fasts of this holy observance may procure for us an increase of holiness in our lives and the perpetual assistance of 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.



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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