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Lent 6 Thursday Morning


Part 1. From the Divine Office


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




    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.

  • Christ became obedient for us, unto death, even to death on a Cross. Therefore God has exulted Him and has given Him the name that is above every name.
  • 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, so you also should do”.
  • The right hand of the Lord has struck with power: the right hand of the Lord has exalted me; I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.


From Psalm 21 [22]

The Good Shepherd


      My God, my God, why have You forsaken me, far from my prayer, from the words of my cry?

      O my God, I cry out by day, and You answer not; by night and there is no relief for me.

      Yet You are enthroned in the holy place O glory of Israel!

In You our fathers trusted; they trusted and You delivered them.

      To You they cried and they escaped; in You they trusted, and they were not put to shame.

      But I am a worm, not a man; the scorn of men despised by the people.

      All who see me scoff at me; they mock me with parted lips, they wag their heads:

      “He relied on the Lord; let Him deliver him, let Him rescue him, if he loves Him.”

      You have been my guide since I was first formed, my security at my mother’s breast.

      To You I was committed at birth, from my mother’s womb You are my God.


      Be not far from me, for I am in distress; be near, for I have no one to help me.

      Many bullocks surround me; the strong bulls of Hasan encircle me.

      They open their mouths against me like ravening and roaring lions.

      I am like water poured out; all my bones are racked.

      My heart has become like wax melting away within my bosom.

      My throat is dried up like baked clay; my tongue cleaves (adheres) to my jaws; to the dust of death You have brought me down.

      Indeed, many dogs surround me, a pack of evildoers closes in upon me;

      They have pierced my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones.

      They look on and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my vesture they cast lots.

      But You, O Lord, be not far from me; O my God hasten to aid me.

      Rescue my soul from the sword, my loneliness from the grip of the dog.

      Save me from the lion’s mouth; from the horns of the wild bulls, my wretched life.


     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 — St. John 13: 1 — 15

This evening we shall read St Paul’s record of the Last Supper
in which he describes the institution of the Eucharist.
In our reading below St John gives us an account of the great lesson of fraternal charity,
taught by Jesus during the Lord’s supper when He gave them a memorable example of it.


Before the feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that the hour had come for Him to pass out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were of the world, loved them to the end. And during the supper, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him, Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going to God, rose from the supper and laid aside His garments, and taking a towel girded himself. Then He poured water into the basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, and to dry them with the towel with which He was girded. He came, then, to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you know not now; but you shall know hereafter.” Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you shall have no part with Me.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him,” He who has bathed needs only to wash, and he is clean all over. And you are clean but not all.” For he knew who it was that would betray Him. This is why he said “You are not all clean.” Now after He had washed their feet and put on His garments, when He had reclined again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Master and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If therefore, I the Lord and Master have washed your feet, you also ought to wash the feet of one another. For I have given you an example, that as I have done to you, so you also should do.”


Hymn for Passiontide


      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.   To His Angels God has given command about you.

R.   They that guard you in all your ways.



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.



Now His betrayer had given them a
sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, that
is He; lay hold of Him.”

      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




Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, that is He; lay hold of Him.”



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, our 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.


End of Morning Prayer



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