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Lent 6 Monday Morning

 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

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

 

Opening

    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.

     
 
  • Judge, O Lord, those who wrong me; war upon those who make war upon me. Take up the shield and buckler, and rise up in my defence, O Lord, the strength of my salvation. Brandish the lance, and block the way in the face of my pursuers; say to my soul, “I am your salvation”.
 
  • Awake, O Lord, and be vigilant in my defence, my God and my Lord. Brandish the lance, and block the way in the face of my pursuers.
 
  • Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord, for in You I hope. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God.
   

 

From Psalm 50 [51]

An Act of Contrition

   Have mercy on me, O God according to your mercy; according to your great clemency blot out my iniquity.

   Wash me completely from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin.

   For I acknowledge my iniquity, and my sin is always before me.

    “Against you only have I sinned, and I have done what is evil in your sight”,

   This I confess, that you may be known to be just in your sentence, right in your judgment.

 

   Indeed, in guilt I was born, and in sin my mother conceived me; #

   Behold, I was born in guilt, and my mother conceived me in sin…

 

   Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

    

   As it was in the beginning is was and ever shall be, world without end.    
   Amen.

#  A first dawning of the basic Christian doctrine of original sin, which was not clearly revealed before the time of Christ.

See Romans 5: 12—19 and Ephesians 2: 3.

     

 

Reading — St. John 12: 1 — 9

The Church is anxious that we should re-live our Saviour’s last days
and the thoughts that were His as His passion drew near.

St John emphasises the connection between the death of Jesus and the Jewish annual celebration of the Pasch, or Passover. Our reading shows us Jesus during a meal at Bethany six days before Easter. Every detail foreshadows His approaching death: Mary’s action calls to mind His burial; the protests of Judas foretold his treachery; the presence of Lazarus (who had been raised from the dead) forecast our Lord’s resurrection.

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany where Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised to life, had died. And they made him a supper there; and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with Him. Mary therefore took a pound of ointment, genuine nard of great value, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and with her hair wiped His feet dry. And the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Then one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, he who was about to betray Him said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii, and given to the poor?” Now he said this, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and holding the purse, used to take what was put in it. Jesus therefore said, “Let her be—that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you have always with you but you do not always have Me.” Now the great crowd of the Jews learned that He was there; and they came, not only because of Jesus, but that they might see Lazarus, who He had raised from the dead.

 

Hymn for Passiontide

 

      The Redeemer had now completed thirty years and had come to the end of His earthly life, and then of His own free will He gave himself up to the Passion.  The Lamb was lifted up on to the tree of the Cross to be sacrificed.

      He tastes the gall; He swoons; the thorns, nails and lance pierce His tender body; water and blood flow out.  In this stream the whole world, earth, sea and sky are purified.

      Faithful Cross, tree that is alone in its glory among all other trees; no forest ever yielded its equal in leaf, flower and fruit.  Loving nails and loving wood bear a loving burden.

      Soften your branches, noble tree, relax your taut fibres and let your natural hardness give way to yielding suppleness, and so offer yourself as a gentle support for the body of the King of Heaven.

      You alone were worthy to bear the victim of the world and, like the ark, to give a shelter to a shipwrecked world an ark which the sacred blood poured out from the body of the Lamb, has anointed.

      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 one God in three Persons.

V. Rescue My soul, O God, from the sword.

R. My loneliness from the grip of the dog.

   

 

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.

 

Antiphon

“Father, glorify Me with Yourself, with
the glory that I had before the world
existed.

     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.

 

 

Antiphon

   “Father, glorify Me with Yourself, with the glory that I had before the world existed.

 
   

 

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, we implore You, almighty God, that we, who fail through our weakness in so many difficulties, may be relieved through the pleading of the Passion of Your Only-begotten Son. Who with You lives and reigns 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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