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Lent 5 Monday Morning


Part 1. From the Divine Office

We recommend reading, “The Joy of Lent” as near as practicable to the start of Lent.




    O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

    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.

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.

  • Have pity on me, O Lord, for men trample upon me; all the day they press their attack against me. My adversaries trample upon me all the day; yes many fight against me.
  • O God, by Your name save me, and by Your might deliver me. O God, hear my prayer; hearken to the words of my mouth.
  • Return, O Lord, save my life; rescue me because of Your kindness.


From Psalm 19 [20]

Days of Distress, Days of Prayer


     May the Lord answer you in the day of trial, may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.

     May he send you help from the sanctuary, and support you from Zion.

     May he be mindful of all your offerings, and accept your burnt offering.

     May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans.

     May we rejoice in your victory, and raise banners in the name of our God; may the Lord grant all your requests!


     Now I know the Lord has granted victory to his anointed, that he has answered him from his holy heaven with the might of his victorious right hand.

     Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we are strong in the name of the Lord, our God.


     Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

     As it was in the beginning is was and ever shall be, world without end.       



Reading — St. John 7: 32 — 39

Jesus speaks of the little time remaining for Him to live.
For Him this means His return to His Father, but what will become of those who plot His death?
To those alone who believe in Him will His Spirit be given as a spring of living water.

At that time, the rulers and Pharisees sent attendants to seize Jesus. Jesus then said, “Yet a little while I am with you, and then I go to Him Who sent Me. You will seek Me and will not find Me; and where I am you cannot come.” The Jews therefore said among themselves, “Where is He going that we shall not find Him? Will He go to those dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? What is this statement that He has made, ‘You will seek Me and will not find Me, and where I am you cannot come’?” Now on the last, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out saying, “If anyone thirst let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture says, ‘From within him there shall flow rivers of living water.’ ” He said this, however, of the Spirit Whom they who believed in Him were to receive. 


Hymn for Passiontide


The Redeemer had now completed thirty years and had come to the end of His earthly life, and then of His own free will He gave himself up to the Passion.  The Lamb was lifted up on to the tree of the Cross to be sacrificed.

He tastes the gall; He swoons; the thorns, nails and lance pierce His tender body; water and blood flow out.  In this stream the whole world, earth, sea and sky are purified.

Faithful Cross, tree that is alone in its glory among all other trees; no forest ever yielded its equal in leaf, flower and fruit.  Loving nails and loving wood bear a loving burden.

Soften your branches, noble tree, relax your taut fibres and let your natural hardness give way to yielding suppleness, and so offer yourself as a gentle support for the body of the King of Heaven.

You alone were worthy to bear the victim of the world and, like the ark, to give a shelter to a shipwrecked world an ark which the sacred blood poured out from the body of the Lamb, has anointed.

Eternal glory to the blessed Trinity; equal glory to the Father, the Son and the Paraclete.  Let the whole world praise the name of the one God in three Persons.

V. Rescue My soul, O God, from the sword.

R. My loneliness from the grip of the dog.




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.



On the great day of the feast Jesus
stood and cried out, “If anyone thirst
let him come to Me and drink”.

     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.




On the great day of the feast Jesus stood and cried out, “If anyone thirst let him come to Me and drink”.



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.



Sanctify our fasts, we implore You, O Lord, and mercifully grant us forgiveness for all our faults. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who Lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.



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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