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Lent 6 Tuesday Evening

 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

 

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

Opening

 

   
    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.

     
 
  • See, O Lord, and consider My distress: make haste to answer Me.
 
  • Plead My cause, O Lord: from the deceitful and impious man, rescue Me.

 

  • O Lord, I am in straits; be My surety, for I know not what I am to say to My enemies.
 
  • In My distress I called to the Lord from the midst of the nether world, and He answered Me.

 

  • The wicked said, Let us oppress the just Man, because He sets Himself against our doings.
   

 

From Psalm 120 [121]

Confidence in God.

 

     I lift up my eyes to the mountains: where shall help come to me?

     My help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

     He will not suffer your foot to stumble, your guardian will not slumber.

     Behold, he will neither slumber nor sleep, who guards Israel.

     The Lord is your guardian, the Lord is your protection at your right hand.

 

     The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

     The Lord shall keep you from evil: he shall guard your life.

     The Lord shall guard your going and your coming, from now on, and 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.

     

 

Reading — Jeremiah [Jeremias] 11: 18 — 20

By his serenity amid the plots which are being hatched around him,
Jeremiah is a fore-type of the innocent Lamb who allows Himself to be sacrificed without a murmur.

 

In those days, Jerehiah [Jeremias] said, “O Lord. You have shown me, and I have known: then You did show me their doings. And I was as a meek lamb that is carried to be a victim: and I knew not that they had devised counsels against me saying: Let us put wood on his bread and cut him off from the land of the living, and let his name be remembered no more. But You, O Lord of Sabaoth [Hosts], Who judge justly and try the reins and the hearts, let me see You revenge on them: for to You have I revealed my cause, O Lord my God.”

 

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

The Canticle of Hezekiah [Ezechias]

Isaiah 38: 10 — 20

Thanksgiving for the grace of repentance

This is the song of King Hezekiah [Ezechias] during his critical illness and again during the time of his recovery.
It falls logically into two parts:   1. description of the sickness;   2. thanksgiving for recovery.
For us it is a prayer of repentance: our sickness is a disease of the soul, sin,
from which we beg God to heal us. Our thanksgiving is the grace of repentance.

 

Sickness — Sin

     Once I said, “In the noontime of life I must depart to the gates of the nether world. I am bereft of the rest of my years”.

     I said, “I shall see the Lord no more in the land of the living. The Lord keeps me; and so we will sing my psalms all the days of our life in the house of the Lord”.

     No longer shall I behold my fellow men among those who dwell in the world”.

     My dwelling, like a shepherd’s tent, is struck down and borne away from me.

     I fold up my life like a weaver; he cuts me off from the thread. Day and night you give me over to torment.
                   
     I cry out until the dawn. Like a lion he breaks all my bones; day and night you give me over to torment.

     Like a swallow I utter shrill cries; I moan like a dove.

     My eyes grow weak, gazing heavenward: O Lord I am in straits; be my surety! —

Redemption

     What shall I say? For he has told me and he has done it! I shall go on through all my years despite the bitterness of my soul.

     Those live whom the Lord protects, and among them my life will go on: You have healed me and kept me alive!

     Thus is my bitterness transformed into salvation. You have preserved my life from the pit of destruction when you cast behind you all my sins.

     For it is not the nether world that gives you thanks, nor death that praises you; neither do those who go down into the pit await your kindness.

     The living, the living give you thanks, as I do today: fathers declare to their sons your faithfulness.

     The Lord keeps me; and so we will sing my psalms all the dfays of our life in the house of the Lord.

     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.

   

 

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

“I have power to lay down My life, and
to resume it again.”

      
      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

“I have power to lay down My life, and to resume it again.”

 

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

May Your mercy, O God, cleanse us from the deceits of our old nature, and enable us to be formed anew unto holiness. 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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