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Lent 6 Wednesday 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.

     
 
  • Free Me from blood guilt, O God, My God; then My tongue shall revel in Your justice.
 
  • Defamation and terror I have suffered from them; but the Lord is with Me, like a mighty champion.

 

  • All My enemies heard of My affliction; O Lord, they rejoiced that You did it.
 
  • But You, O Lord, know all their plans to slay Me.

 

  • Secure justice, Lord for those who suffer wrong, and thwart the way of the wicked.
   

 

From Psalm 129 [130]

A Penitential Prayer

 

     Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord, hear my voice!

     Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.

     If you should remember sins, O Lord,
O Lord, who could bear it?

     But with you is forgiveness, that you may be served with reverence.

     I hope in the Lord, my soul hopes in his word.

 

     My soul waits for the Lord, more than the watchman for the dawn.
    
     More than the watchman for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord.

     For with the Lord is mercy and with him is plenteous redemption:

     And he shall redeem Israel from all its sins.

 

     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 Isaiah [Isaias] 53: 1 — 12

So accurately does Isaiah describe some features of the passion
that he has been compared to the evangelists.

 

In those days, Isaiah [Isaias] said: “Who has believed our report and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? And He shall grow up as a tender plant before Him, and as a root out the thirsty ground; there is no beauty in Him, nor comeliness; and we have seen Him, and there was no sightliness that we should be desirous of Him; despised and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with infirmity; and His look was as it were hidden and despised, where-upon we esteemed Him not. Surely He has borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows: and we have thought Him as it were a leper, and as one struck by God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our iniquities, He was bruised for our sins; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, everyone has turned aside into his own way: and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was offered because it was His own will and he opened not His mouth: He shall be led as a sheep to the slaughter, and shall be dumb as a lamb before his shearer, and He shall not open His mouth. He was taken away from distress and from judgment: who shall declare His generation? Because He is cut out of the land of the living; for the wickedness of My people have I struck Him. And He shall give the ungodly for His burial, and the rich for his death, because He has done no iniquity, neither was there deceit in His mouth. And the Lord was pleased to bruise Him in infirmity; if He shall lay down His life for sin. He shall see a long-lived seed, and the will of the Lord shall be prosperous in His hand. Because His soul has laboured, He shall see and be filled: by His knowledge shall this My just servant justify many, and He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I distribute to Him very many, and He shall divide the spoils to the strong, because He has delivered His soul unto death and was reputed with the wicked: and has borne the sins of many and has prayed for the transgressors.”

 

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

From the Canticle of Hannah [Anna]

1 Kings 2: 1 — 10

Holiness and justice of the Lord.

Hannah [Anna], wife of Elcana, by the grace of God, gave birth to the great Prophet Samuel,
after she had been barren all her life. In gratitude her soul bursts forth in this canticle of praise.
Her song resembles somewhat Mary’s hymn of praise.

 

     My heart exults the Lord, my horn is exalted in my God…

     There is no one holy as the Lord; indeed there is no other besides you, nor is there a rock like our God.

     Speak boastfully no longer, nor let arrogance issue from your mouths.

     For an all-knowing God is the Lord, and by him deeds are set in order.

     The bows of the mighty are broken, while the weak are girded with strength…

     For not by his own strength does man prevail: the Lord will shatter his foes. —

     The most high in heaven thunders, the Lord judges the ends of the earth.

     Now may he give strength to his King, and exalt the horn of His Anointed.

 

     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

The maid said to Peter, “Surely you
are one of them: your very speech
gives you away”.

       
      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

The maid said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them: your very speech gives you away”.

 
   

 

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

Look down, we implore You, O Lord, on this Your family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ did not hesitate to be delivered up into the hands of wicked men, and to suffer the torment of the Cross. Who with You lives and reigns 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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