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Lent 5 Friday Evening


Part 1. From the Divine Office

We recommend the use of one or more Lenten Devotions
at this time, especially near Easter.



     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.

  • A heart contrite and humbled, O God, You will not spurn.
  • For Your name’s sake, O Lord, You will preserve me, in Your justice.


  • When You are angry, O Lord, You will remember mercy.
  • You will turn, O God, and bring us to life; and Your people shall rejoice in You.


  • O Zion, praise Your God, who proclaims His judgments to Israel.


From Psalm 85 [86]

Deliver Us From Evil


    Incline your ear, O Lord, answer me, for I am needy and poor.

    Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you.

    You are my God, be gracious to me, O Lord, for I cry to you constantly

    Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

    For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, rich in mercy towards all who call upon you.

    Hearken, O Lord, to my prayer, and heed the voice of my supplication.

    In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you will answer me.

    There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, and there are no works like yours:

    All the nations which you have made, shall come and worship you, O Lord, and they shall glorify your name.


    For you are great and work wonders: you alone are God.

    Teach me, O Lord, your way, that I may walk in your truth; direct my heart, that it might fear your name.

    I will thank you, O Lord, my God with all my heart, and I will glorify your name forever.

    For your mercy towards me has been great, and you have delivered my soul from the depths of hell.

    O God, insolent men have risen up against me, and a crowd of powerful men seek my life, and they do not set you before their eyes.

    But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, exceedingly kind and faithful.


     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 — Jeremiah [Jeremias] 17: 13 — 18


In the reading below (as well as today’s morning Lenten Acclamations) we witness the affliction of the just man surrounded by enemies bent on His destruction. However, confidence outweighs affliction and the final victory is never in doubt.

Jeremiah the Prophet, by the opposition which he encountered, by his sufferings and the tone of his prayer is a poignant figure of Christ in His passion.

In those days, Jeremiah [Jeremias] said, “O Lord, all who forsake You shall be confounded: they who depart from You shall be written in the earth: because they have forsaken the Lord, the vein of living waters. Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed: save me and I shall be saved: for You are my praise. Behold they say to me: Where is the word of the Lord? Let it come. And I am not troubled, following You for my pastor: and I have not desired the day of man, You know. That which went out of my lips has been right in Your sight. Be not a terror to me: You are my hope in the day of affliction. Let them be confounded: who persecute me, and let me not be confounded: let them be afraid, and let me not be afraid. Bring upon them the day of affliction, and with a double destruction destroy them, O Lord our God.


A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

From the Canticle of Habakkuk

Habakkuk 3: 2 — 19

God’s judgment

This canticle is one of the most magnificent poems of all times. It depicts God the Judge,
coming to pass sentence over all the enemies of His people — the prophet sees Him in a vision.


     O Lord I have heard you renown, and seen O Lord, your work.

     In the course of the years show it forth, in the course of the years make it known; in your wrath remember compassion! —

     God comes from Theman, the Holy One from Mt Pharan.

     Covered are the heavens with his glory, and with his praise the earth is filled.

     His splendour spreads like the light; rays shine forth from beside him, where his power is concealed.

     Before him goes pestilence and the plague follows in his steps.

     When he stands, he makes the earth shake; his looks makes the nations tremble.

     The eternal mountains are shattered, the age-old hills bow low, along his ancient ways.

     Bared and ready is your bow, filled with arrows is your quiver.

     Into streams you split the earth; at sight of you the mountains tremble.

     A torrent of rain descends; the ocean gives forth its roar.

     The sun forgets the light of its rising, the moon remains in its shelter.

At the light of your flying arrows, at the gleam of your flashing spear. —

     In wrath you bestride the earth, in fury you trample the nations.

      You come forth to save your own people, to save your anointed one…..

     I await the day of distress that will come upon the people who attack us.

     For though the fig tree blossom not nor fruit be on the vines,

     Though the yield of the olive fail and the fields produce no nourishment,

     Though the flocks be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,

     Yet will I rejoice in the Lord and exult in my saving God.

     God, my Lord, is my strength, he makes my feet swift as those of hinds and enables me to go upon the heights.


     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.



The chief priests took council
together to kill Jesus; but they said,
“Not on the feast, or there might be
a riot among the people.”

      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.




The chief priests took council together to kill Jesus; but they said,
“Not on the feast, or there might be a riot among the people.”




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.



Grant, we implore You, almighty God, that we who seek favour of Your protection, may be freed from all evils and serve You with a quiet mind. 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.


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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