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Lent 5 Wednesday Evening

 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

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

 

Opening

 

    
     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.

     
 
  • Wash me yet more, O Lord, from my injustice.
 
  • Our transgressions You will pardon, O God.

 

  • My heart exhults in the Lord, who humbles and exults.
 
  • In the integrity of my heart I will walk, O Lord. 

 

  • O my soul, praise the Lord, who raises up those that were bowed down, and loves the just.

 

From Psalm 129 [130]

A Penitential Prayer

     Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord, hear my voice!

     Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.

     If you should remember sins, O Lord, O Lord, who could bear it?

     But with you is forgiveness, that you may be served with reverence.

     I hope in the Lord, my soul hopes in his word.

 

     My soul waits for the Lord, more than the watchman for the dawn.      More than the watchman for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord.

     For with the Lord is mercy and with him is plenteous redemption:

     And he shall redeem Israel from all its sins.

 

     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 Leviticus 19: 1 — 2; 11—19 and 25

The moral perfection required by the Law of Moses was for one reason only: “I am the Lord your God”.
Jesus was to state the position more clearly: “Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect.”
But Jesus provided in addition the means to obtain this perfection and, in Himself, revealed a supreme example of it.

In those days the Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them: I, the Lord, am Your God. You shall not steal. You shall not lie and speak falsely to one another. You shall not swear falsely by My name, thus profaning the name of your God. I am the Lord. You shall not defraud or rob your neighbour. You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your day labourer. You shall not curse the deaf, or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but you shall fear the Lord your God because I am Lord. You shall not act dishonestly in rendering judgment. Show neither partiality to the weak not deference to the mighty but judge your fellow men justly. You shall not go about spreading slander among your kinsmen; nor shall you stand by idly when your neighbours life is at stake. I am the Lord. You shall not bear hatred for your brother in your heart. Though you may have to reprove your fellow man, do not incur sin because of him. Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your fellow countrymen. You shall love your neighbour as yourself. I am the Lord. Keep my statutes. For I am the Lord your God.”

 

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

From the Canticle of Hannah [Anna]

1 Kings 2: 1 — 10

Holiness and justice of the Lord.

Hannah [Anna], wife of Elcana, by the grace of God, gave birth to the great Prophet Samuel,
after she had been barren all her life.
In gratitude her soul bursts forth in this canticle of praise.
Her song resembles somewhat Mary’s hymn of praise.

 

      My heart exults the Lord, my horn is exalted in my God…

     There is no one holy as the Lord; indeed there is no other besides you, nor is there a rock like our God.

     Speak boastfully no longer, nor let arrogance issue from your mouths.

     For an all-knowing God is the Lord, and by him deeds are set in order.

     The bows of the mighty are broken, while the weak are girded with strength…

   For not by his own strength does man prevail: the Lord will shatter his foes. —

   The most high in heaven thunders, the Lord judges the ends of the earth.

   Now may he give strength to his King, and exalt the horn of His Anointed.

 

   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

Many good things I have done for
you. For which of these do you plan
to kill me?

       
      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

Many good things I have done for you. For which of these do you plan to kill me?

 

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

Give heed to our supplications, O almighty God, and graciously bestow the effect of Your wonted mercy upon us, to whom You grant confidence in Your loving kindness. 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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