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Lent 6 Saturday Morning


Part 1. From the Divine Office


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


A Day of Mourning



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.

  • O death, I will be your death; hell, I will be your destruction.
  • They shall mourn for Him as for an only son; for the Lord who is innocent has been slain.
  • From the gate of hell deliver My soul


Psalm 14 [15]

The Ideal Man of God



     O Lord, who may be a guest in your tabernacle, who may dwell upon your holy mountain?

     He who lives blamelessly and practises justice and thinks truthfully in his heart, and has no slander on his tongue;

     Who does no evil to his fellow, nor casts slurs upon his neighbour;

     Who holds the sinner in disdain, but honours those who fear the Lord.
     Who, even if he swears to his own injury, retracts not, who puts not out his money to usury though it be to his loss, changes not his pledged word; who lends not his money for usury, nor takes bribes against  the innocent.

     Whoever does these things shall never waver.



Reading — Exodus 14: 24 — 31 and 15: 1

Set free from the slavery of Egypt and guided by Moses towards the Promised Land, the people of Israel
crosses the Red Sea which the wind of the Lord has opend before them.
This was seen, in the eyes of the first Christians as prefiguring the going through
the waters of baptism (made fruitful by the Holy Spirit — the “Breath of God”), by the Church,
the New Israel, delivered from the slavery of sin. Thus does the Church go forward under the guidance of Christ,
the new Moses, to the everlasting country of the saints.

Holy Saturday is a day of rest and mourning. The Eucharist is not celebrated today.
There are no public gatherings of Christians until the vigil (keeping watch) which is usually around 11 p.m.,
when the Church gathers to proclaim the Resurrection of the Lord at midnight.

This can be brought forward earlier but never before the close of Saturday
and the onset of evening when the Lord’s Day is deemed to commence.


In those days, in the night watch just before dawn the Lord cast through the column of the fiery cloud upon the Egyptian force a glance that threw it into a panic; and He so clogged their chariot wheels that they could hardly drive. With that the Egyptians sounded the retreat before Israel, because the Lord was fighting for them against the Egyptians. Then the Lord told Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may flow back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and their charioteers”. So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea flowed back to its normal depth. The Egyptians were fleeing head on toward the sea, when the Lord hurled them into its midst. As the water flowed back, it covered the chariots and the charioteers of Pharoah’s whole army which had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not a single one of them escaped. But the Israelites had marched on dry land through the midst of the sea, with the water like a wall to their right and to their left. Thus the Lord saved Israel on that day from the power of the Egyptians. When Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the seashore and beheld the great power that the Lord had shown against the Egyptians, they feared the Lord and believed in Him and in His servant Moses. Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord, and said:

Let us sing to the Lord for He is gloriously triumphant; horse and rider He has cast into the sea. He has become my Helper unto salvation.


The Lamentation of the Prophet Jeremiah [Jeremias]

Chapters 3 and 4


      It is by the Lord’s favour that we are not consumed, for his mercies are not spent.

      I learned it in the morning, great is your faithfulness.

      My portion is the Lord, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

      Good is the Lord to one who waits for him, to the soul that seeks him.

      It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the Lord.

      It is good for a man to bear the yoke from his youth.

      Let him sit alone and in silence, when it is laid upon him.

      Let him put his mouth to the dust; there may yet be hope.

      Let him offer his cheek to be struck, let him be filled with disgrace.

      How tarnished is the gold, how changed the noble metal; how the sacred
      stones lie strewn at every street corner!

      Zion’s (Sion’s) precious sons, fine gold their counterpart, now worth no
      more than earthen jars made by the hands of a potter!

      Even the jackals bare their breasts and suckle their young; the daughter
      of my people has become as cruel as the ostrich in the desert.

      The tongue of the suckling cleaves to the roof of its mouth in thirst; the
      babes cry for food, but there is no one to give it to them.

      Those accustomed to dainty food perish in the streets; those brought
      up in purple now cling to the ash heaps.

      The punishment of the daughter of my people is greater than the penalty
      of Sodom, which was overthrown in an instant without the turning of
      a hand.

      Jerusalem, Jerusalem, return to the Lord, your God.


The Responses


      •      Like sheep He was led to the slaughter, and, though He was harshly
             treated, He opened not His mouth. He was delivered up to death,
             that he might give life to his people. He surrendered Himself to
             death and was counted among the wicked.

      •      Arise, Jerusalem, and take off the trappings of joy; put on sackcloth
             and ashes. For in you has the Saviour of Israel been slain. Let your
             tears flow like a torrent day and night; let there be no repose for
             your eyes.

      •      O Holy God!
             O Holy Strong One!
             O Holy Immortal One!
             Have mercy upon us.   Amen


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.



The women sitting at the sepulchre
were weeping and lamenting for the

      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,   

# “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.




The women sitting at the sepulchre were weeping and lamenting for the Lord.



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.



In devout expectation we look forward to the resurrection of Your Son, O God all-powerful. Grant that we may enjoy the glory of that resurrection. Thus we ask through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.


End of Morning Prayer


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