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Lent 4 Wednesday 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.

     
 
  • When I shall be sanctified in you, I will gather you from every land: and I will pour upon you clean water, and you shall be cleansed from all filthiness: and I will give you a new spirit. I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall ever be in my mouth.
 
  • Come, children hear Me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Look to Him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame.
 
  • Happy the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made; by the breath of His mouth all their host.
   

 

From Psalm 145 [146]

Prayer Against Over-confidence in Self

     Praise the Lord, O my soul; I will praise the Lord my life long; I will sing praises to my God as long as I live.

     Put not your trust in princes, in man in whom there is no help.

     When his spirit departs, he returns to dust; then all his plans shall perish.

     Happy is the man whose helper is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord, his God.

     Who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is therein.

 

 

     Who remains faithful forever, who renders justice to the oppressed, gives bread to the hungry.

     The Lord releases the captives, the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord raises up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the just.

     The Lord watches over strangers, he supports the orphan and the widow, but the way of sinners he thwarts.

     The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, throughout the ages.

 

     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.

 

   As holy custom has taught us, let us keep this well-known fast of forty days.

   Moses and Isaiah originally revealed this period of forty days and in later times Christ the King, the king and maker of all seasons, hallowed it.

   Therefore let us give less time to talking, eating, drinking, sleeping and amusing ourselves and show a greater vigilance in our way of life.

   But let us avoid sin, for it undermines the unreflecting soul; let us yield no ground before our cunning foe’s tyrannical demands.

            Let us appease God’s avenging wrath, beg for mercy before our Judge, call upon him in suppliant entreaty; let all of us most humbly offer this prayer.

 

 

   Our sins have offended Your divine mercy. Yet pour out on us from heaven the grace of pardon for You are the forgiver of all sins.

   Remember that fallen though we are, we are Your handiwork. Do not, we beg You, give another the honour that is due to Your name.

   Pardon the evil we have done. Give in even greater measure the grace we ask for, so that at last it may come about that we are pleasing to You in this life and in the next.”

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

 

 

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

“Rabbi, what did this man do to
deserve being born blind?” Jesus
answered, “Neither did this man nor his
parents sin. The works of God are to
be manifested through him”.

    
      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.

 

 

Antiphon

“Rabbi, what did this man do to deserve being born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither did this man nor his parents sin. The works of God are to be manifested through him”.

 
   

 

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

Grant, we implore You, almighty God, that we, who are chastised by the fasts we have undertaken, may be gladdened in this devotion, so that, as our earthly passions are weakened, we may the more easily lay hold on heavenly things. 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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