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Lent 5 Sunday 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.

  • Do me justice, O God, and fight my fight against a faithless people; from the deceitful and impious man rescue me. For You are my God and My strength. Send forth Your light and Your fidelity; they shall lead me on and bring me to Your holy mountain, to Your dwelling place.
  • Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord; teach me to do Your will. O Lord, my deliverer from the angry nations, truly above my adversaries You exalt me and from the violent man You have rescued me.
  • I praise You, O Lord, with all my heart; be good to Your servant, that I may live and keep Your words. O Lord, give me life according to Your word.


From Psalm 94 [95]

A Call to Praise God.


     Come let us rejoice in the Lord, let us shout with joy to the Rock of our salvation.

     Let us come into his presence with praises, with songs let us rejoice in him.

     For the Lord is a mighty God, and a great King above all the gods:

     In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the tops of the mountains are his.

     The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands formed:


     Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord who made us.

     For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand…


     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.   


From Psalm 118 [119]

The Law Affords Consolation.


     Remember your word to your servant by which you have given me hope.

     This is my consolation in my affliction, that your word revives me.

     The crowd are most insulting to me; but I depart not from your law.

     I remember your judgments of old,
O Lord, and I am comforted.

     Indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake your law.

      Your statutes are the theme of my song in the place of my pilgrimage.

      In the night I remember your name, O Lord, and I will keep your law.

      This happened to me because I observed your precepts.

      I have said, O Lord, that my portion is to keep your words.


      I seek your favour with my whole heart, have mercy on me according to your promise.

      I thought over my ways, and turned my steps toward your decrees.

      I made haste and delayed not, to keep your commandments.

      The snares of the wicked surround me: I have not forgotten your law.

      At midnight I rise to thank you because of your just ordinances.

      I am a companion of all who fear you, of all that keep your precepts.

      The earth, O Lord, is full of your loving kindness; teach me your statutes.


      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.   



Reading — St. John 8: 46 — 59

Increasingly Jesus assents His divinity. It is that assertion which exposes Him
increasingly to the growing hatred His enemies and which will cause His condemnation.
But those who listen to and receive His word as coming from God will follow Him into eternal life.


At that time, Jesus said to the crowds of the Jews: “Which of you will convict Me of sin? If I speak the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear is that you are not of God.” The Jews therefore in answer said to Him, “Are we not right in saying that You are a Samaritan, and have a devil?” Jesus answered, “I have not a devil, but I honour my Father, and you dishonour Me. Yet, I do not seek My own glory; there is One Who seeks and Who judges. Amen, amen, I say to you, if anyone keep My word, her will never see death.” The Jews therefore said, “Now we know that You have a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets and You say, “If anyone keep My word he will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Whom do You make Yourself?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing, It is My Father Who glorifies Me of Whom you say that He is your God. And you do not know him, but I know Him. And if I say that I do not know Him, I shall be like you, a liar. But I know Him and I keep His word. Abraham your Father rejoiced that he was to see My day. He saw it and was glad.” The Jews therefore said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old and have You seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I am.” They therefore took up stones to cast him out; but Jesus hid himself and went out from the temple.


Hymn as a Prayer


      Jesus, salvation’s sun, shine bright in our inmost souls until night is driven away and day with its more welcome joys rises again.

      Having given us this “acceptable-time,” grant that we may purify by abundant sorrow the sacrifice we make of our heart and that our love may willingly consume the sacrifice in its flames.

      Tears of repentance will never stop welling up from our heart, the source of our past sin, if the rod of penance break its stubborn rock.

      The day — Your day — is coming, when everything again begins to blossom. And when Your right hand has led us back to the way, may we too rejoice on that day.

      May the world that You constructed humbly adore You, merciful Trinity, and may we, renewed by grace, sing a new hymn of praise.   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.



Jesus said to the Jewish crowds
and the chief priests, “He who is of
God hears the words of God. The
reason why you do not hear is that
you are not of God.”

      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




Jesus said to the Jewish crowds and the chief priests, “He who is of
God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear is that you are not of God.”



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. Almighty God, mercifully look upon Your family, that by Your bounty it may be governed in body, and by Your protection, guarded in spirit. 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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