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Lent 6 Sunday Morning 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 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.

 
  • My God, my God, look upon me; O my help, hasten to aid me, why have You forsaken me? Far from my salvation, are the words of my sins. O Lord, be not far from me; O my help, hasten to aid me. Save me from the lion’s mouth; from the horns of the wild bulls, my wretched life.
 
  • You have hold of my right hand; with Your counsel You guide me; and in the end You will receive me in glory. How good God is to Israel, to those who are clean of heart. But, as for me, I almost lost my balance; my feet all but slipped, because I was envious of sinners when I saw them prosper though they were wicked.
 
  • Insult has broken my heart, and I am weak; I looked for sympathy, but there was none; for comforters, and I found none. Rather they put gall in my food and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
   

 

From Psalm 94 [95]

A Call to Praise God.

 

     Come let us rejoice in the Lord, let us shout with joy to the Rock of our salvation.

     Let us come into his presence with praises, with songs let us rejoice in him.

     For the Lord is a mighty God, and a great King above all the gods:

     In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the tops of the mountains are his.

     The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands formed:

 

     Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord who made us.

     For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand…

 

     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.

 

From Psalm 118 [119]

The Law Affords Consolation.

     Remember your word to your servant by which you have given me hope.

     This is my consolation in my affliction, that your word revives me.

     The crowd are most insulting to me; but I depart not from your law.

     I remember your judgments of old,
O Lord, and I am comforted.

     Indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake your law.

      Your statutes are the theme of my song in the place of my pilgrimage.

      In the night I remember your name, O Lord, and I will keep your law.

      This happened to me because I observed your precepts.

      I have said, O Lord, that my portion is to keep your words.

 

      I seek your favour with my whole heart, have mercy on me according to your promise.

      I thought over my ways, and turned my steps toward your decrees.

      I made haste and delayed not, to keep your commandments.

      The snares of the wicked surround me: I have not forgotten your law.

      At midnight I rise to thank you because of your just ordinances.

      I am a companion of all who fear you, of all that keep your precepts.

      The earth, O Lord, is full of your loving kindness; teach me your statutes.

 

      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 —

St. Matthew 26: 36 — 75 and also St. Matthew 27: 1 — 60

We print a small portion for meditation.

 

Today we begin the most sacred season in our Christian Calendar – Holy Week: the days leading to our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. Several times during this very special week we will read from the Passion as recorded in each of the four Gospels. Today, Palm Sunday, we welcome Jesus as the Son of David. We, who have inherited the great treasure of the Christian faith, know what is going to be solemnly presented to us in the Gospel reading. We know all that His triumph stands for, and we proclaim it in our assemblies with great dignity and forthright certitude!

He is the Messiah, the Son of David and the Son of God! He is the sign of contradiction, acclaimed by some and reviled by others! Sent into the world to wrest us from sin and the power of Stan, He underwent His passion, the punishment for our sins, but issues forth, the victor over death, making our peace with God and taking us with Him into the kingdom of His Father in heaven! He is Christ, our King!

 

The Agony in the Garden

At that time, Jesus came with His disciples to a country place called Gethsemani and He said to His disciples, “Sit down here, while I go over yonder and pray.” And He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be saddened and exceedingly troubled. Then He said to them, “My soul is sad, even unto death. Wait here and watch with Me.” And going forward a little, He fell prostrate and prayed, saying,” Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” Then He came to the disciples, and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “Could you not then, watch one hour with me? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again a second time He went away and prayed, saying, “My Father if this cup cannot pass away until I drink it, Your will be done.” And He came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. And leaving them He went back again and prayed a third time, saying the same words over. Then He came to His disciples, and said to them “Sleep on now, and take your rest! Behold the hour is at hand when the Son of Man will be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us go. Behold he who betrays Me is at hand.”

 

Hymn for Holy Week

 

      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.    Amen.

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

A great crowd that had assembled
for the festival kept crying out to the
Lord, “Blessed is He who comes in
the name of the Lord! Hosanna
in the highest.”

      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

A great crowd that had assembled for the festival kept crying out to the Lord, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest.”

 
   

 

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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