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Lent 5 Tuesday 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.

  • The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted and wait for the Lord.
  • Fight my fight, O Lord; from the deceitful and impious man rescue me. Send forth Your light and Your fidelity; they shall lead me on and bring me to Your holy mountain.
  • They trust in You who cherish Your name, O Lord, for You forsake not those who seek You. Sing praise to the Lord enthroned in Zion; for He has not forgotten the cry of the afflicted.


From Psalm 36 [37]

Earthly Prosperity Short-lived


    The mouth of the just speaks wisdom, and his tongue says what is right.

    The law of his God is in his heart, and his steps do not falter.

    The wicked man spies on the just, and seeks to kill him.

    The Lord will not leave him in his power, nor let him be condemned when he is judged.

    Trust in the Lord, and follow his path: And he will; exalt you, so that you shall possess the land; with joy you shall see the destruction of the wicked.

    I have see the wicked in his pride, spreading himself like a leafy cedar.

    And I passed by, and lo, he was no more; and I sought him, but he was not to be found.


    Mark the upright and consider the just man: for there is progeny for the man of peace.

    But sinners shall all be destroyed, the progeny of the wicked shall be cut off.

    The salvation of the just is from the Lord; he is their refuge in time of trouble.

            And the Lord helps them and delivers them; he frees them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.


     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 7: 1 — 13

The hostility of the enemies of Jesus becomes increasingly clear,
and the agitation in Jerusalem continues with greater intensity; but He awaits His “hour”.
Satan and the forces of evil will appear to triumph. But the real victory will come and that is God’s.


At that time, Jesus went about in Galilee, for He did not wish to go about in Judea because the Jews were seeking to put Him to death. Now the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was at hand. His brethren therefore said to Him, “Leave here and go into Judea that Your disciples also may see the works that You do; for no one does a thing in secret if he wants to be publicly known. If you do these things, manifest Yourself to the world.” For not even His brethren believed in Him. Jesus therefore said to them. “My time has not yet come, but your time is always at hand. The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I bear witness concerning it, that its works are evil. As for you, go up to the feast, but I do not go up to this feast, for my time is not yet fulfilled.” When He had said these things He stayed on in Galilee. But as soon as His brethren had gone up to the feast, then He also went up not publicly, but as it were privately. The Jews therefore were looking for Him at the feast, and were saying, “Where is he?” And there was much whispered comment among the crowd concerning Him. For some were saying, “He is a good man.” But others were saying, “No, rather He seduces the crowd.” Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of Him.


Hymn for Passiontide


      The standards of the King appear, the mystery of the Cross shines out in glory, the Cross on which life suffered death and by that death gave back life to us.

      His side, wounded by the spear’s cruel point, poured out water and blood to wash away the stains of our sins.
The words of David’s true prophetic song fulfilled, in which he announced to the nations: “God has reigned from a tree.”

      Tree of dazzling beauty, adorned with the purple of the King’s blood and chosen from a stock worthy to bear limbs so sacred.


      How favoured the tree on whose branches hung the ransom of the world; it was made a balance on which His body was weighed, and bore away the prey that hell had claimed.

      Hail, Cross, our only hope! In this season of Passiontide give an increase of grace to the good and wipe out the sins of the guilty.

      Let every spirit praise You, fount of salvation, Holy Trinity.  On those to whom You have generously given the victory of the Cross, bestow the reward also.


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.



“My time has not yet come, but your
time is always at hand.”

      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.







“My time has not yet come, but your time is always at hand.”



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 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.


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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