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Lent 4 Wednesday 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.

     
 
  • Wash me yet more, O Lord, from my injustice.
 
  • Our transgressions You will pardon,
    O God 

 

  • My heart exhults in the Lord, who humbles and exults.
 
  • In the integrity of my heart I will walk,
    O Lord. 

 

  • O my soul, praise the Lord, who raises up those that were bowed down, and loves the just.

 

From Psalm 33 [34]

Blessings of the Faithful Soul.

     Come, children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

     Who is the man who loves life, desires length of days to enjoy prosperity?

     Keep your tongue from evil, and your life for deceitful words.

     Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

     The eyes of the Lord are upon the just, his ears open to their cry.

     The face of the Lord is against evil doers, to destroy the remembrance of them from the earth.

     The just cried and the Lord answered them; and delivered them from all their troubles.

 

     The Lord, is close to the broken hearted, and saves those of contrite spirit.

     Many are the trials of the just man; but the Lord delivers him from all.

     He guards all his bones; not one of them shall be broken.

     Evil shall slay the wicked, and they who hate the just shall be punished.

     The Lord delivers the souls of his servants, and whoever flees to him for refuge shall not be punished.

 

     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  Ezekiel [Ezechiel] 36: 23 — 28

This reminder of the promulgation of the Law in the imposing circumstances in which it
took place on Sinai should inspire us with a lofty notion of the importance God places on it.

By baptism God makes a new people, gathered together from all sides
and as it were, re-created by Him, re-made within a radical change transforming life.

Thus says the Lord God, “I will sanctify My great name which was profaned among the Gentiles, which you have profaned in the midst of them that the Gentiles may know that I am Lord, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the Gentiles, and will gather you together out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. And I will pour upon you clean water, and you shall be cleanse from all your filthiness, and I will cleanse you from all your idols. And I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My spirit in the midst of you: and I will cause you to walk in My commandments, and to keep My judgments and do them. And you shall dwell in the land which I gave your fathers: and you shall be My people, and I will be your God,” says the Lord almighty.

 

Second Reading — Isaiah 1: 16 — 19

Baptism demands a sincere conversion, but on God’s part
it signifies complete forgiveness and access to divine friendship.

Thus says the Lord God: “Wash yourselves, be clean, take away the evil of your devices from My eyes: cease to do perversely“ learn to do well: seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge for the fatherless, defend the widow. And then come and accuse Me, says the Lord. If your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made white as snow: and if they be red as crimson, they shall be white as wool. If you be willing, and will hearken to Me you shall eat the good things of the land,” says the Lord almighty.

   

 

 A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

From the Canticle of Hannah [Anna]

1 Kings 2: 1 — 10

Holiness and justice of the Lord.

Hannah [Anna], wife of Elcana, by the grace of God, gave birth to the great Prophet Samuel, after she had been barren all her life. In gratitude her soul bursts forth in this canticle of praise. Her song resembles somewhat Mary’s hymn of praise.

 

      My heart exults the Lord, my horn is exalted in my God…

     There is no one holy as the Lord; indeed there is no other besides you, nor is there a rock like our God.

 

     Speak boastfully no longer, nor let arrogance issue from your mouths.

     For an all-knowing God is the Lord, and by him deeds are set in order.

     The bows of the mighty are broken, while the weak are girded with strength…

   For not by his own strength does man prevail: the Lord will shatter his foes. —

   The most high in heaven thunders, the Lord judges the ends of the earth.

   Now may he give strength to his King, and exalt the horn of His Anointed.

 

   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.

 

 

V.       To His Angels God has given command about you.

R.        That they guard you in all your ways.

   

 

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

“The man who is called Jesus made
clay with spittle, anointed my eyes,
and now I see.”

       
      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

“The man who is called Jesus made clay with spittle, anointed my eyes, and now I see.”

 
   

 

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

Let the ears of Your mercy, O Lord, be open to the prayers of Your suppliants, and that You may grant them what they desire, make them ask the things that are pleasing to You. 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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