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Lent 5 Thurday Evening


Part 1. From the Divine Office

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




     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.

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.

  • Against You only have I sinned, O Lord; have mercy on me.
  • Return, O Lord, and be entreated in favour of Your servants.


  • My strength and my glory is the Lord, and He has become my salvation.
  • You have multiplied, O God, Your mercy.



  • Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.


From Psalm 71 [72]

The Blessing of Christ’s Reign


     God shall rule from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth.

    His foes shall bow down before him, and his enemies shall lick the dust.

    The kings of Tharsis and of the islands shall offer tribute; the kings of the Arabians and of Saba shall bring gifts.

    And all of the kings shall worship him, all nations shall serve him.

    For he shall deliver the needy one, when he cries, and the poor man, who has no helper.

    He shall take pity on the needy and the poor, and save the life of the poor.

    He shall redeem them from harm and oppression, and precious shall be their blood in his sight.


    Therefore, he shall live, and they shall give him the gold of Arabia, and they shall pray for him constantly: they shall bless him perpetually.

    There shall be abundance of grain in the land; on the mountain-tops its fruit shall rustle like Lebanon, and the people of the cities shall flourish like the grass of the field.

    His name shall be blessed forever; as long as the sun shines, his name shall endure.
    And all the tribes of the earth shall be blessed in him, all nations shall proclaim him blessed.

    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.

    And blessed be his glorious name 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.


Reading — Daniel 3: 25 and 34— 35

In this passage the Israelites are very aware of how guilty they are and how they should be punished for their sins.
They therefore appeal, not for justice, but to the privileged position given by God to His people

and the love He has always demonstrated to them.

The Church makes her own the prayer of the Israelites. With holy daring she links her cause with God’s.
We have done so all through Lent, but it was also the daring of the prophets.


In those days, Azariah [Azarias] prayed to the Lord, saying, “O Lord our God, deliver us not up forever, we beseech (implore) You for Your name’s sake, and abolish not Your covenant: and take not away Your mercy from us, for the sake of Abraham Your beloved, and Isaac Your servant, and Israel Your Holy one: to whom You have spoken promising that You would multiply their seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that is on the seashore: for we, O Lord, are diminished more than any nation, and are brought low in all the earth this day for our sins. Neither is there at this time prince, or leader, or prophet or holocaust, or sacrifice, or oblation or incense or place of first-fruits before You, that we may find Your mercy: nevertheless in a contrite heart and humble spirit let us be accepted. As in holocausts of rams and bullocks and as in thousands of fat lambs: so let our sacrifice be made in Your sight this day, that it may please you: for there is no confusion to those who trust in You. And now we follow You with all our heart, and we fear You, and seek Your face. Put us not to confusion: but deal with us according to Your meekness, and according to the multitude of Your mercies. And deliver us according to Your wonderful works, and give glory to Your name, O Lord: and let all them be confounded who show evils to Your servants, let them be confounded in all Your might, and let their strength be broken: and let them know that You are the Lord the only God, and glorious over all the world, O Lord our God”


A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

From a Canticle of Moses

Exodus 15: 1 — 18

This is the song of thanksgiving sung by Moses after the Israelites had passed through the Red Sea
and the armies of Pharoah had been annihilated.
This canticle is one of the best models of Hebrew poetry.
The Christian will have thoughts of redemption and baptism as he prays:
deliverance from Egypt and passing through the Red Sea are figures for these two mysteries.


 Jubilation over Pharoah’s ruin.

      I will sing to the Lord, for he is gloriously triumphant; horse and chariot he has cast into the sea.

      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!

      Pharoah’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.

God’s power and fidelity.

      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…


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

      When you stretched out your right hand, the earth swallowed them!

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

      And you brought them in and planted them on the mountain of your inheritance — the place where you made your seat,
O Lord, the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands established.

      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.




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.



“Ardently have I desired to eat this
Pasch with you, before I suffer.

      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.



“Ardently have I desired to eat this Pasch with you, before I suffer.



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.



Be gracious to Your people, we implore You, O Lord, that rejecting those things which are displeasing to You, they may rather be filled with the delights of Your commandments. 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.



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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