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Lent 6 Thursday Evening


Part 1. From the Divine Office

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



Evening Prayer starts with the Acclamations and Psalm


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.

  • May You be justified, O Lord, in Your Words, and be victorious when You are judged.
  • The Lord was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and he opened not his mouth.


  • You have exhorted us, O Lord, by Your strength, and in Your holy banquet.
  • My heart is broken within Me; all My bones tremble.


  • He was offered because it was His own will; and He has borne our sins.


From Psalm 21 [22]

The Blessing of Christ’s Reign


      I will proclaim Your name to my brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will praise You:

      “You who fear the Lord, praise Him; all you descendants of Jacob, give glory to Him; revere Him, all you descendants of Israel!

      For He has not spurned nor disdained the wretched man in his misery,

      Nor did He turn His face away from him, but when he cried out to Him, He heard him.”

      So by Your gift will I utter praise in the vast assembly; I will fulfill my vows before those who fear him.

      The lowly shall eat their fill; they who seek the Lord shall praise Him: “May your hearts be ever merry!’


      All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord;

      All the families of the nations shall bow down before Him.

      For dominion is the Lord’s and He rules the nations.

      To Him alone shall bow down all who sleep in the earth;

      Before Him shall bend all who go down in the dust.

      And to Him my soul shall live; my descendants shall serve him.

      Let the coming generation be told of the Lord that they may proclaim to a people yet to be born the justice He has shown.   Amen



Reading — 1st Corinthians 11: 20 — 32

This version by St Paul of the account of the Lord’s Supper is set within the context
of how Christians are to demonstrate love and service to one another.
It was on this day that Jesus gave the New Commandment to His disciples.
The day is often called “Maundy Thursday” after the Latin word “mandatum”
– i.e. new mandate or “commandment”.
The sacrifice of the Mass, like the Lord’s Supper is the sacramental realisation of the
Sacrifice of the Cross, and has remained ever since, the central unifying factor of Christianity.


Brethren: When you meet together, it is no longer possible to eat the Lord’s Supper. For at the meal, each one takes first his own supper, and one is hungry, and another drinks overmuch. Have you not houses for your eating and drinking? Or do you despise the church of God and put to shame the needy? What am I to say to you? Am I to commend you”? In this I do not commend you. For I myself have received from the Lord (what I also delivered to you) that the Lord Jesus on the night in which He was betrayed, took bread, and giving thanks broke, and said, “This is My body which shall be given up for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In like manner also the cup, after He had supped saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. For as often as you shall eat this bread and drink the cup you proclaim the death of the Lord, until; he comes.” Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily, will be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of the cup; for he who eats and drinks unworthily without distinguishing the body, eats and drinks judgment to himself. This is why many among you are infirm and weak, and many sleep. But if we judged ourselves, we should not thus be judged. But when we are judged, we are being chastised by the Lord that we may not be condemned with this world.


Antiphons From Holy Thursday

[From St. John's Gospel and the Psalms]


  • Happy are they whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.

      “A new commandment I give you,
      that you love one another, as I  
      have loved you,” says the Lord.”

  • Great is the Lord and wholly to be praised in the city of our God. His holy mountain.

      After the Lord had risen from
      supper, He poured water into a
      basin, and began to wash the
      feet of His disciples: to whom
      he gave this example.

  • You have favoured, O Lord, Your land; You have restored the well-being of Jacob.

      The Lord Jesus, after He had
      supped with His disciples, washed
      their feet, and said to them: Do
      you know what I, your Lord and
      Master have done to you? I have
      given you an example, that so
      you also should do.”

  • Hear this all you peoples; hearken all you, who dwell in the world.

            If I, your Lord and Master, have
            washed your feet, how much
            more ought you to wash one
            another’s feet?      


  • If I, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, how much more ought you  to wash one another’s feet?      

    By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one
    for another.

  • And now there remain faith, hope and charity, these three, but the greatest of these is charity.

    Let these three, faith, hope and charity abide in you; but the greatest of
    these is charity.

  • Where charity and love are, there is God. The love of Christ has gathered us together. Let us rejoice in Him and be glad.

    Let us fear and love the living God

  • Let us also with the blessed see Your face in glory, O Christ our God.

      There to possess immeasurable
      and happy joy. For infinite ages
      of ages. 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.



“While they were at supper, Jesus took
bread, and blessed and broke, and
gave it to His disciples.

      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.




“While they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed and broke, and gave it to His disciples.



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.



O God, from whom Judas received the punishment of his guilt, and the thief, the reward of his confession, grant us the full fruit of Your clemency, that even as in His Passion, or Lord Jesus Christ gave to each a retribution according to His merits, so, having taken away our past sins, He may bestow on us the grace of His Resurrection, Who with You lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

End of Evening Prayer



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