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Lent 5 Tuesday Evening

 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

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

 

Opening

 

   
    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.

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.

     
 
  • Wipe out my offense, O Lord, in the greatness of     Your compassion.
 
  • Fight my fight, O God, against a faithless people.

 

  • You will correct me Lord, and enable me to live.
 
  • May God have pity on us and bless us.

 

  • Praise the Lord, for He is kind and gracious to His servants.
     

 

From Psalm 15 [16]

Our Inheritance: Eternal Life

 

     Preserve me, O God, for in you I seek refuge,

     I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you”.

     As for the faithful who dwell in his land, how wonderfully he has fulfilled all my desires.

     They multiply their sorrows who follow strange gods. I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood, nor will I take their names upon my lips…

 

     I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel, because even during the night my heart admonishes me.

     I keep the Lord always before me; since he is at my right, I shall not waver.

    Therefore my heart rejoices and my soul is glad, and my body, too, rests secure.

     For you will not abandon my soul to the abode of the dead, nor will you let your holy one see corruption.

     You will show me the way of life, the fullness of joy in your presence, bliss at your right hand 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 14: 27 — 42

Daniel, rescued from the lion’s den, is a fore-type of Christ snatched from the tomb of death.
Just as the Babylonians demanded that Daniel should be delivered up to them,
so soon now (as the Passover – our Easter approaches) we shall hear the Jewish authorities
demanding Jesus. But God is ever on the watch and His plans for salvation will be fulfilled.

The episode of Daniel in the lion’s den was familiar to the Christians of the early centuries
of the Church; it is to be found frequently depicted on the walls of the catacombs
as an expression of unconquerable hope.

 

In those days the Babylonians came to the king and said to him, ‘Deliver us Daniel who has destroyed Bel, and killed the dragon; or else we will destroy you and your house.” And the king saw that they pressed upon him violently: and, being constrained by necessity, he delivered Daniel to them. And they cast him into the den of lions, and he was there six days. And in the den there were seven lions, and they had given to them two carcasses every day, and two sheep: but then they were not given to them, that they might devour Daniel. Now there was in Judea a prophet called Habakkuk [Habacuc], and he had boiled pottage, and had broken bread in a bowl; and was going into the field to carry it to the reapers. And the Angel of the Lord said to Habakkuk, “Carry the dinner which you have into Babylon to Daniel, who is in the lions’ den.” And Habakkuk said, “Lord. I never saw Babylon, not do I know the den.” And the Angel of the Lord took him by the top of his head, and carried him by the hair of his head, and set him in Babylon, over the den, in the force of his spirit. And Habakkuk cried saying, “O Daniel, servant of God, take the dinner that God has sent you.” And Daniel said, “You have remembered me, O God, and You have not forsaken those who love You.” And Daniel arose and ate. And the Angel of the Lord presently set Habakkuk again in his own place. And upon the seventh day the king came to bewail Daniel: and he came to the den, and looked in, and behold Daniel was sitting in the midst of the loins, and the king cried out with a loud voice, saying “Great are You, O Lord, the God of Daniel.” And he drew him out of the lions’ den. But those who had been the cause of his destruction, he cast into the den, and they were devoured in a moment before him. Then the king said,” Let all the inhabitants of the whole earth fear the God of Daniel: for He is the Saviour, working signs and wonders in the earth: Who has delivered Daniel out of the loins den.”

 

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

The Canticle of Hezekiah [Ezechias]

Isaiah 38: 10 — 20

Thanksgiving for the grace of repentance

This is the song of King Hezekiah [Ezechias] during his critical illness and again during the time of his recovery.
It falls logically into two parts:   1. description of the sickness;   2. thanksgiving for recovery.
For us it is a prayer of repentance: our sickness is a disease of the soul, sin,
from which we beg God to heal us. Our thanksgiving is the grace of repentance.

 

Sickness — Sin

     Once I said, “In the noontime of life I must depart to the gates of the nether world. I am bereft of the rest of my years”.

     I said, “I shall see the Lord no more in the land of the living. The Lord keeps me; and so we will sing my psalms all the days of our life in the house of the Lord”.

     No longer shall I behold my fellow men among those who dwell in the world”.

     My dwelling, like a shepherd’s tent, is struck down and borne away from me.

     I fold up my life like a weaver; he cuts me off from the thread. Day and night you give me over to torment.
                   
     I cry out until the dawn. Like a lion he breaks all my bones; day and night you give me over to torment.

     Like a swallow I utter shrill cries; I moan like a dove.

     My eyes grow weak, gazing heavenward: O Lord I am in straits; be my surety! —

Redemption

     What shall I say? For he has told me and he has done it! I shall go on through all my years despite the bitterness of my soul.

     Those live whom the Lord protects, and among them my life will go on: You have healed me and kept me alive!

     Thus is my bitterness transformed into salvation. You have preserved my life from the pit of destruction when you cast behind you all my sins.

     For it is not the nether world that gives you thanks, nor death that praises you; neither do those who go down into the pit await your kindness.

     The living, the living give you thanks, as I do today: fathers declare to their sons your faithfulness.

     The Lord keeps me; and so we will sing my psalms all the dfays of our life in the house of the Lord.

     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.

Antiphon

“Go up now to this feast. I am not going
up, however, for My time has not yet
come.”

      
      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.

 

 

Antiphon

“Go up now to this feast. I am not going up, however, for My time has not yet come.”

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Traditional                                                       

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.
Amen.

Contemporary

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.
Amen.

 

Prayer

Grant us, we implore You, O Lord, a persevering obedience to Your will; that in our days the people who obey You, may increase both in merit and in number. 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.

 

Closing

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.

Amen.

     
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