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Lent 5 Wednesday 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.

  • I love You, O Lord, my strength, O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer. My deliverer from the angry nations; truly above my adversaries You exalt me and from the violent man You have rescued me.
  • I will extol You, O Lord, for You drew me clear and did not let my enemies rejoice over me. O Lord, my God, I cried out to You and You healed me. O Lord, You brought me up from the nether world; You preserved me from among those going down into the pit.
  • Rescue me from my enemies, O my God, from my adversaries defend me, O Lord.


From Psalm 50 [51]

An Act of Contrition


     Behold, you delight in sincerity of heart, and teach me wisdom in the depths of my soul.

     Sprinkle me with hyssop, that I may be cleansed; wash me, that I may become whiter than snow.

     Let me hear sounds of joy and gladness, let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.

     Turn away your face from my sins, and blot out my guilt.

     Create a clean heart for me, O God, and renew in me a steadfast spirit.

     Cast me not off from your presence, and take not your holy spirit from me.



     Restore to me the joy of my salvation, and strengthen me with a generous spirit.

I will teach the unjust your ways, and sinners shall be converted to you.

      Deliver me from blood-guilt, O God, God my saviour; let my tongue rejoice because of your justice.

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.

      For you do not delight in sacrifice; and a burnt-offering you would not accept, if I offered it.

      My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit, a contrite and humbled heart, O God you will not despise.


      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 10: 22 — 38

To describe our Lord’s own sentiments as His passion drew near, the Church makes use of the Psalter.
On our Saviour’s lips the chants throughout this week are especially moving.
(In this Electronic Prayer Book they are the Lenten Acclamations each morning).
Lamentation and agony are expressed in them, but still more hope, and thanksgiving.

Christ, who bears us all in Himself, is one with us in His prayer.

It was our Saviour’s clear declarations of His divinity which caused His condemnation.
That related in this morning’s Gospel is particularly clear; His opponents well understood what He was saying.


At that time, there took place at Jerusalem the feast of the Dedication and it was winter. And Jesus was walking in the temple, in Solomon’s portico. The Jews therefore gathered round Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us openly.” Jesus answered them, “I tell you and you do not believe. The works that I do in the name of My Father, these bear witness concerning Me. But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them and they follow Me. And I give them everlasting life; and they shall never perish, neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. What My Father has given Me is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch anything out of the hand of My Father. I and the Father are one.” The Jews therefore took up stones to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “Many good works have I shown you from my Father. For which of these works do you stone Me? The Jews answered Him, “Not for a good work do we stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a man, make yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said you are gods’? If He called them gods to whom the word of God was addressed (and the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Him whom the Father has made holy and sent into the world, ‘You blaspheme,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I do not perform the works of My Father, do not believe Me. But if I do perform them, and if you are not willing to believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me and I in the Father.


Second Reading — Isaiah 1: 16 — 19

Baptism demands a sincere conversion, but on God’s part
it signifies complete forgiveness and access to divine friendship.


Thus says the Lord God: “Wash yourselves, be clean, take away the evil of your devices from My eyes: cease to do perversely“ learn to do well: seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge for the fatherless, defend the widow. And then come and accuse Me, says the Lord. If your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made white as snow: and if they be red as crimson, they shall be white as wool. If you be willing, and will hearken to Me you shall eat the good things of the land,” says the Lord almighty.


Hymn for Passiontide


      Tell my tongue of the victory gained in glorious conflict, and sign a triumphal song about the trophy of the Cross, telling how man’s Redeemer offered His life and thus won the day.

      The Creator in grief at the harm done to the first man when, by eating of the fatal fruit, he fell headlong to death.  Himself at that moment marked a tree to undo the harm done by a tree.

      The plan of our salvation had demanded this work so that God’s wisdom might outwit the craftiness of the betrayer and his many disguises and find a remedy in a tree just as the enemy had done hurt to man through a tree.

      When therefore the time appointed by God came, the Son, the world’s Creator, was sent from heaven and clothed in man’s flesh, was born of a virgin.

      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 God in three Persons.     Amen.

V. O God, do not destroy my soul with the impious.

R. Nor my life with men of blood.



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 sheep hear My voice, and I the
Lord, know them.”

      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 sheep hear My voice, and I the Lord, know them.”



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.



Sanctify this fast, O God of mercy, and enlighten the hearts of Your faithful people, and to those to whom You give the grace of devotion, graciously accord a favourable hearing, when they call upon You. 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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