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Lent 5 Monday 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 my 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.

     
 
  • Have mercy on me O God, in Your great goodness
 
  • Guide me in Your justice, Lord!

 

  • Your anger has abated, O Lord, and You have consoled me.
 
  • The Lord will give strength and bless His people with peace.

 

  • Praise the Lord, for steadfast is His kindness towards us.
   

 

From Psalm 32 [33]

A splendid Poem of Praise, Thanksgiving and Confidence

 

     Rejoice in the Lord, you just; praise befits the righteous.

     Give thanks to the Lord on the lyre, sing praises to him on the ten-stringed harp.

     Sing to him a new canticle, play skillfully to him amid shouts of joy.

     For the word of the Lord is right, and all his work trustworthy.

     He loves justice and equity: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

     By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host thereof by the breath of his mouth…

 

     Behold the eyes of the Lord rest upon those who fear him: on those who hope in his goodness,

     That he may deliver their souls from death and keep them alive in time of famine.

     Our soul waits for the Lord: he is our help and our shield.

     In him, therefore, our heart rejoices, in his holy name we trust.

     Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in you!

 

     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 —Jonah [Jonas] 3: 1 — 10

Like the forty days fast of the Ninevites our Lent continues in complete confidence in divine mercy.
As we heard in this morning’s Gospel, our hope is founded not so much on
our poor efforts at penance, but on the passion (suffering) of our Saviour.
His grace is promised to all who believe in Him, and believing – therefore
put into practice as best they can what He taught.

 

In those days, the word of the Lord came to Jonah [Jonas] the second time saying, “Arise and go to Nineveh [Ninive] the great city: and preach in it the preaching that I bid you.” And Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was a great city of three days journey. And Jonah began to enter into the city one day’s journey, and he cried, and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be destroyed.” And the men on Nineveh believed in God and they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least. And the word came to the King of Nineveh: and he rose up out of his throne, and cast away his robe from him, and went clothed with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published in Nineveh from the mouth of the king and of his princes, saying, “Let neither men nor beasts, oxen nor sheep taste anything; let them not feed nor drink water and let men and beasts be covered with sackcloth and cry to the Lord with all their strength and let them turn everyone from his evil way and from the iniquity that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and forgive; and will turn away from His fierce anger, and we shall not perish?” And God saw their works, that they were turned from their evil way; and the Lord our God had mercy upon His people.

 

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

The Canticle of Isaiah [Isaias]

Isaiah 12: 1 — 6

In this Messianic song, the prophet shows redeemed mankind thanking God for their liberation
from the evil one and for the blessings of the Messianic kingdom, the “fountain of salvation”.

 

    I give thanks, O Lord; though you have been angry with me, your anger has abated, and you have consoled me.

    God indeed is my saviour; I am confident and unafraid.

    My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my saviour. —

    With joy will you draw water at the fountain of salvation,

    And say on that day: Give thanks to the Lord, acclaim his name;

    Among the nations make known his deeds, proclaim how exalted is his name.

    Sing praise to the Lord, for his glorious achievement; let this be known throughout all the earth.

     Shout with exultation, O city of Zion for great in your midst is the holy one of Israel!

 

    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.

 

Antiphon

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to
Me and drink. From within him
there shall flow rivers of living
water,”

       
      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

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. From within him
there shall flow rivers of living water,”

 
   

 

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

O Lord, grant Your people, we implore You, health of soul and body. So that, cleaving to good works, they may always deserve to be defended by Your protection. 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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