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Lent 6 Sunday 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.

     
 
  • The Lord God is My help, therefore I am not disgraced.
 
  • They encompassed Me on every side; in the name of the Lord I will be avenged on them.

 

  • With Angels and children let faith align us, acclaiming death’s Conqueror: “Hosanna in the highest.”
 
  • Judge My cause; defend Me, for You have great power, Lord.

 

  • Let My persecutors, not Me, be confounded, O Lord, My God.
   

 

From Psalm 110 [111]

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

 

   I will thank the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the just and in the congregation.

   Great are the works of the Lord, worthy of study for all who love them.

   Splendid and glorious in his work; and his justice abides forever.

   He has left a memorial of his wonders; merciful and kind is the Lord.

   He has given food to those who fear him; he will be mindful forever of his covenant.

   He has shown his powerful works to, in giving them possession of the nations.

 

   Trustworthy and just are the works of his hands; grounded in truth are all his precepts.

   Established forever and ever, based on truth and equity.

   He has sent deliverance to his people he has established his covenant forever; holy is his name and worthy of reverence.

   The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, prudent is the conduct of all who practice it; his praise abides 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.

 

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.

 
   

 

Reading — Philippians 2: 5 — 11

St Paul lays particular emphasis on our Lord’s voluntary
humiliation which was the condition of His exaltation and
our redemption.

 

While His great example is a reminder of what we owe to His sufferings, it should also teach us that only if we try to learn from His patience and the other lessons of the Passion may we then share in his resurrection.

Brethren: Have this mind in you which was also in Jesus Christ. Who though he was by nature God, did not consider being equal to God a thing to be clung to, but emptied Himself, taking the nature of a slave and being made like unto men. And appearing in the form of man, He humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even to death on a cross. Therefore God has exalted him and has bestowed upon Him the name that is above every name. (here all genuflect) so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven, on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.

 

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

The Canticle of the three young men

Daniel 3: 52 — 57

This hymn is the introduction to the longer praise usually called the Benedicite (Blessing God).

 

    Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever;

    And blessed is your holy and glorious name, praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.

    Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory, praiseworthy and glorious above all forever.

    Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.

    Blessed are you who look into the depths from your throne upon the Cherubim, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.

    Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven, praiseworthy and glorious forever.

    Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord, praiseworthy and exalt him above all forever.

 

V.   To His Angels God has given       command about you.

R.  That they guard you in all your ways.

     

 

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

“For it is written, ‘I will smite the
shepherd, and the sheep of the
flock will be scattered’. But after I
have risen, I will go before you into
Galilee. There you shall see Me,”
says the Lord.

      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

“For it is written, ‘I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered’. But after I have risen, I will go before you into Galilee. There you shall see Me,” says the Lord.

 
   

 

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

Almighty and everlasting God, Who willed that our Saviour should take upon Himself our flesh, and suffer on the Cross, that all mankind might have His example of humility for their imitation: grant that we may merit both to keep in mind the lesson of His patience, and to be made partakers of His Resurrection. 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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