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Lent 5 Thursday 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.

  • All that You have done to us, O Lord, You have done in true judgment: because we have sinned against You, and have not obeyed Your commandments: but give glory to Your name, and deal with us according to the multitude of Your mercy.
    Happy are they whose way is blameless, who walk in the Law of the Lord.
  • Bring gifts and enter His courts; worship the Lord in His holy court. The Lord strips the forests, and in His temple all say, “Glory!”
  • By the streams of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.


From Psalm 22 [23]

The Good Shepherd


     The Lord is my shepherd: I want for nothing; he makes me rest in green pastures.

     He leads me to waters where I may rest; he revives my spirit

     He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

     Even though I walk in a dark valley, I will fear no evil for you are with me.

     Your rod and your staff: these comfort me.


     You set a table for me in the sight of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

     Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for a long time.


     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. Luke 7: 36 — 50

Here we read the familiar account of Magdalen the sinner who was forgiven much because she loved much.


At that time, one of the Pharisees asked Jesus to dine with him; so He went into the house of the Pharisee and reclined at table. And behold, a woman in the town who was a sinner, upon learning that He was at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment; and standing behind him at his feet, she began to bathe His feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him, saw it, he said to himself. “This man, were He a prophet, would surely know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he said, “Master, speak.” A certain money-lender had two debtors; the one owed five hundred denarii#, the other fifty. As they had no means of paying, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “He, I suppose to whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have judged rightly.” And turning to the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house; you gave Me no water for My feet; but she has bathed My feet with tears and has wiped them with her hair. You gave Me no kiss; but she from the moment she entered has not ceased to kiss My feet. You did not anoint My head with oil, but she has anointed My feet with ointment. Wherefore I say to you, her sins, many as they are shall be forgiven her, because she has loved much. But He to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” And He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven,” And they who were at table with Him began to say within themselves, “Who is this man, who even forgives sins?” But he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace”.

# A denarius was approximately one day’s wages for a labourer.


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.    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.


The Master says, “My time is near,
I shall keep the Pasch at your
house with My disciples”.

      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.




The Master says, “My time is near, I shall keep the Pasch at your house with My disciples”.



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.



Grant, we implore You, almighty God, that the dignity of human nature, impaired by intemperance, may be restored by the practice of healing self-denial. 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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