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Lent 5 Saturday 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.

     
 
  • Be bountiful, O Lord, to Zion in Your kindness.
 
  • Just is the Lord, our God, and there is no wrong in Him.

 

  • On His servants the Lord shall have pity; and He shall be merciful to the land of His people.
 
  • From the dread enemy, O Lord, preserve my life.

 

 

  • Praise the Lord for His sovereign ma

 

From Psalm 144 [145]

God will protect His Loyal Worshippers.

 

     The Lord is faithful in all his words, and holy in all his works

     The Lord supports all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down.

     All eyes turn to you, and you give them food in due season.

     You open your hand and with benevolence fill every living thing.

     Just is the Lord in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

 

     The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who sincerely call upon him.

     He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him, he will hear their cry and save them.

     The Lord guards all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.

     Let my mouth speak the praise of the Lord, and let all mortals bless his holy name for ever and ever.

 

     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.

 

Psalm 133 [134]

Exhortation to the Night Watch
To Bless the Lord.

 

 

     Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord; who stand in the house of the Lord during the night hours.

     Lift up your hands towards the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.

     May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth.

 

     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 — Isaiah 49: 8 — 15

This reading recalls the covenant of God’s unwearyring solicitude for His people:
His anxious concern for us. The return of the exiles means the gathering together
of the people of God which occurs in the pastures of His Church.
The days of salvation heralded by Isaiah are renewed again for us.

 

Thus says the Lord: “In an acceptable time I have heard you and in the day of salvation I have helped you: and I have preserved you, and given you to be a covenant of the people, that you might raise up the earth and possess the inheritances that were destroyed: that you might say to those who are bound: Come forth: and to those who are in darkness: Show yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be every plain. They shall not hunger, nor thirst, neither shall the heat nor the sun strike them: for He Who is merciful to them shall be their shepherd, and at the fountains of waters He shall give them drink. And I will make all My mountains a way, and My paths shall be exalted. Behold these shall come from afar, and behold these from the north and from the sea, and these from the south country. Give praise, O you heavens and rejoice, O earth, you mountains, give praise with jubilation: because the Lord has comforted His people, and will have mercy on His poor ones. And Zion [Sion] said: The Lord has forsaken me, and the Lord has forgotten me. Can a woman forget her infant, so as not to have pity on the son of her womb? And if she should forget, yet will l forget you,” says the Lord Almighty.

 

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

From a Canticle of Moses

Deuteronomy 32: 1 — 18

Fidelity to God

This is the song of Moses taking leave of his people just before his death.
It is a highly poetic song, portraying God’s justice and fidelity towards His chosen people in stirring words and portraits.
We can interpret the song for our own lives as God’s constant paternal care over all His children;
nor will we fail to recognise our own infidelity to God.

 

    Give ear O heavens, while I speak; the earth hearken to the words of my mouth!

    May my instruction soak in like the rain, and my discourse permeate like the dew,

    Like a downpour upon the grass, like a shower upon the crops:

    For I will sing the Lord’s renown. Oh, proclaim the greatness of our God!

    The Rock—how faultless are his deeds, how right are his ways!

    A faithful God, without deceit, how just and upright he is!

    Yet basely has he been treated by his degenerate children, a perverse and crooked race!

    Is the Lord, to be thus repaid by you, O stupid and foolish people?

    Is he not your father who created you? Has he not made you and established you?

 

    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

“It is I who bear witness Myself,
and He who sent Me, the Father,
bears witness to 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

“It is I who bear witness Myself, and He who sent Me, the Father, bears witness to 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

O God, Who choose rather to pity than to be angry with those who hope in You, grant us worthily to lament the evils we have done, that we may deserve to find the favour of Your consolation. 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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