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Lent 6 Saturday Evening Holy Week

 

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 majesty.
   

 

From Psalm 144 [145]

Praise of God’s Great Goodness

 

     I will extol you, my God, O king; I will bless your name forever and ever. 

     Every day I will bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever.

     Great is the Lord and highly to be praised, his greatness is unsearchable.

     One generation praises your works to another, and they declare your might.

 

     They tell of the glorious splendour of your majesty, and proclaim your wonders.

     And they speak oif the might of your tremendous deeds, and recount your greatness.

     They proclaim the praise of your great goodness, and rejoice in your justice…

 

     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 — Jeremieh [Jeremias] 18: 18 — 23

 

Our reading continues the passage from Jeremiah yesterday. It foretells the punishments from God which will fall upon those who plot the death of the Just Man. These terrifying threats are aimed at those whose hearts are hardened, who reject every earnest approach of redeeming love.

Side by side with the promises of salvation to those who place their trust and faith in our Lord we also hear about the prospects of everlasting perdition for those who reject Him.

He who is here speaking is not only the man groaning under oppression and crying out to God. It is the Son of God who foresees the destruction of those who are bent on His destruction.

In those days, the wicked Jews said one to another, “Come, and let us invent devices against the just: for the Law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet: come and let us strike him with the tongue and let us give no heed to all his words.” Give heed to me, O Lord, and hear the voice of my adversaries. Shall evil be rendered for good, because they have dug a pit for my soul? Remember that I have stood in your sight, to speak good for them, and to turn away Your indignation from them. Therefore deliver up their children to famine, and bring them into the hands of the sword: let their wives be bereaved of children, and the widows: and let their husbands be slain by death: let their young men be stabbed with the sword in battle. Let a cry be heard out of their houses: for You shall bring the robber upon their houses: because they have dug a pit to take me, and have hid snares for my feet. But You, O Lord, know all their counsel against me unto death: forgive not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from Your sight. Let them be overthrown before Your eyes; in the time of Your wrath destroy them, O Lord our God.

 

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

“Righteous Father, although the
world has not known You, I have
known You because You sent
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

“Righteous Father, although the world has not known You, I have known You because You sent 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

Let Your right hand, we implore You, O Lord, defend Your people, who call upon You and duly instruct them, purified in Your sight, that by this present consolation they may attain to future rewards. 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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