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Lent 5 Friday Morning

 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

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

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.

     
 
  • In You, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In Your justice rescue me. Have pity on me, O Lord, for I am in distress; rescue me from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors. O Lord, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon You.
 
  • My enemies spoke peaceably to me: and in answer they afflicted me. You, O Lord, have seen; be not silent; be not far from me!
 
  • Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes. Let not the proud oppress me; so shall I have an answer for those who reproach me.
     
     

 

From Psalm 80 [81]

Celebrate God’s Feasts

 

    “…Hear, O my people, I will admonish you: Israel, if you would but listen to me!

    You shall not have a strange god, nor shall you worship any foreign god:

    I am the Lord, your God, who brought you out of Egypt, open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

    But my people did not listen to my voice, and Israel did not obey me.

    So I abandoned them to the hardness of their heart: let them follow there own devices.

 

 

    O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways:

    I would at once subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their foes;

    Those who hate the Lord would fawn upon him, and their lot would last forever.

    But I would feed Israel with the best of wheat, and with honey from the rock would I satiate them”.

 

     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 11: 47 — 54

 

Today’s Gospel mentions the sitting of the Sanhedrin, the supreme judicial tribunal of the ancient Jews. The death of Jesus was decreed in that meeting. Our Lord’s opponents, the high priest and certain (but not all) Pharisees would seize the first opportunity to carry out their plan.

Caiphas, in particular, intends to sacrifice Jesus for the good of the people, supposedly threatened politically by his existence. In reality in his blind hatred it is the salvation of the world by the death of Jesus which, as high priest, he prophesies.

At that time, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together a council against Jesus and said, “What are we doing? For this man is working many signs. If we let Him alone as He is, all will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” But one of them, Caiphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all; nor do you reflect that it is expedient for us that one man die for the people, instead of the whole nation perishing. This, however, he said not of himself; but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was to die for the nation; and not only for the nation, but that He might gather into one, the children of God who were scattered abroad. So from that day forth their plan was to put Him to death. Jesus therefore no longer went about openly among the Jews, but withdrew to the district near the desert, to a town called Ephrem; and there He stayed with His disciples.

 

Hymn for Passiontide

 

      The standards of the King appear, the mystery of the Cross shines out in glory, the Cross on which life suffered death and by that death gave back life to us.

      His side, wounded by the spear’s cruel point, poured out water and blood to wash away the stains of our sins.

      The words of David’s true prophetic song fulfilled, in which he announced to the nations: “God has reigned from a tree.”

      Tree of dazzling beauty, adorned with the purple of the King’s blood and chosen from a stock worthy to bear limbs so sacred.

 

 

      How favoured the tree on whose branches hung the ransom of the world; it was made a balance on which His body was weighed, and bore away the prey that hell had claimed.
       
      Hail, Cross, our only hope! In this season of Passiontide give an increase of grace to the good and wipe out the sins of the guilty.

      Let every spirit praise You, fount of salvation, Holy Trinity.  On those to whom You have generously given the victory of the Cross, bestow the reward also.    Amen.

 

V.   Deliver Me, O Lord, from evil men.

R. Rescue Me from the wicked.

     

 

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

Now the festival day of the Jews was
drawing near, and the chief priests were
seeking how they might put Jesus to
death; but they feared the people.

    
      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. —  the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,   

Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people.

  

# “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

Now the festival day of the Jews was drawing near, and the chief priests were seeking how they might put Jesus to death; but they feared the people.

 
   

 

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

Mercifully pour forth, we implore You, O Lord, Your grace into our hearts, that we who restrain ourselves from sin by voluntary penance may rather suffer in time than be condemned to eternal punishment. 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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