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Lent 5 Saturday Morning


Part 1. From the Divine Office

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



    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. Have pity on Me, O Lord, for I am in distress; rescue me from my persecutors. O Lord, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon You.
  • My enemies spoke peaceably to me: and in anger 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.

The Canticle of Moses and the Song of Moses

Let All Creation Praise God


Exodus 15: 2—11; 13—18.

From: The Canticle of Moses

      My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my Saviour. He is my God, I praise him, the God of my father, I extol him.

     The Lord is a warrior, Lord is his name!

     Pharaoh’s chariots and army he hurled into the sea; the elite of his officers were submerged in the Red Sea.

      The flood waters covered them, they sank into the depths like a stone

     Your right hand, O Lord, magnificent in power, your right hand, O Lord, has shattered the enemy.

     In your great majesty you overthrew your adversaries; you loosed your wrath to consume them like stubble.

     At a breath of your anger the waters piled up, the flowing waters stood like a mound, the flood waters congealed in the midst of the sea.

     The enemy boasted, “I will pursue and overtake them; I will divide the spoils and have my fill of them”!

     When your wind blew, the sea covered them; like lead they sank in the mighty waters.

     Who is like to you among the gods, O Lord? Who is like to you, magnificent in holiness? O terrible# in renown, worker of wonders,…..

   In your mercy you led the people you redeemed; in your strength you guided them to your holy dwelling.

     The Lord shall reign forever and ever.

     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.


Deuteronomy 32: 1—6

From: The Song of Moses

    Give ear O heavens, while I speak; the earth hearken to the words of my mouth!

    May my instruction soak in the rain, and my discourse permeate like the dew, like a downpour upon the grass, like a shower upon the crops:

    for I will sing the Lord’s renown. Oh, proclaim the greatness of our God!

    The Rock—how faultless are his deeds, how right all his ways!

A faithful God, without deceit, how just and upright he is!

    Yet basely has he been treated by his degenerate children, a perverse and crooked race!

    Is the Lord, thus to be repaid by you, O stupid and foolish people? Is he not your father who created you? Has he not made you and established 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 – St. John 12: 10 — 36


The true significance of this event can be easily passed over. A few Greeks (who were Gentiles, i.e. not Jews) asked Phillip to see Jesus. They are a foreshadowing of the harvest that was to come. Our Saviour’s soul was profoundly moved; the hour was very near at hand when raised up from the earth, He would draw all people to Himself. “Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it brings forth much fruit”. That image has become familiar to us; it states clearly the whole meaning and implications of the death of Jesus.

At that time, the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also. For on his account many of the Jews began to leave them and to believe in Jesus. Now the next day, the great crowd which had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of palms and went forth to meet Him. And they cried out, “Hosanna! Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young ass, and sat upon it, as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold your King comes, sitting upon the colt of an ass”. These things His disciples did not at first understand. But when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him, and that they had done these things to Him. The crowd therefore, which was with Him when He called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness to Him. And the reason why the crowd also went to meet Him was that they heard that He had worked this sign. The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “Do you see that we avail nothing? Behold the entire world has gone after Him!” Now there were certain Gentiles among those who had gone up to worship on the feast. These therefore approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus”. Philip came and told Andrew; again, Andrew and Philip spoke to Jesus. But Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it brings forth much fruit. He who loves his life, loses it; and he who hates his life in this world keeps it unto life everlasting. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am there also shall My servant be. If anyone serves Me, My Father will honour him. Now my soul is troubled. And what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour! No, this is why I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name!” There came therefore a voice from heaven, “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again”. Then the crowd which which was standing round and had heard, said that it thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him”. Jesus answered and said, “Not for Me did this voice come, but for you. Now is the judgment of the world; now will the prince of the world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to Myself.” Now He said this signifying by what death He was to die. The crowd answered Him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ abides forever. And how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?” Jesus therefore said to them, “Yet a little while the light is among you. Walk while you have the light, that darkness may not overtake you. He who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and He went away and hid Himself from them.


Hymn for Passiontide


      Tell my tongue of the victory gained in glorious conflict, and sign a triumphal song about the trophy of the Cross, telling how man’s Redeemer offered His life and thus won the day.

      The Creator in grief at the harm done to the first man when, by eating of the fatal fruit, he fell headlong to death.  Himself at that moment marked a tree to undo the harm done by a tree.


      The plan of our salvation had demanded this work so that God’s wisdom might outwit the craftiness of the betrayer and his many disguises and find a remedy in a tree just as the enemy had done hurt to man through a tree.

      When therefore the time appointed by God came, the Son, the world’s Creator, was sent from heaven and clothed in man’s flesh, was born of a virgin.

      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 God in three Persons.     Amen.


V.   To His Angels God has given     
      command about you.

R. They that guard you in all your ways.





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.



“Glorify Me, Father, in Your presence
with the glory that I had before the
world was made.”

      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.




“Glorify Me, Father, in Your presence with the glory that I had before the world was made.”


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.



We implore You, O Lord, may the people who are consecrated to You, advance in the affection of holy devotion, that instructed by the sacred rites, they may abound the more in excellent gifts, as they become more pleasing in the sight of Your Majesty. 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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