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Lent 6 Wednesday 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.

  • O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to You. At the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven, on earth and under the earth, for the Lord became obedient unto death, even death on a Cross. Therefore our Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
  • Save me, O God, for the waters threaten my life; I am sunk in the abysmal swamp where there is no foothold. Hide not Your face from Your servant; in my distress, make haste to answer me.
  • O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to You. Hide not Your face from me.


From Psalm 50 [51]

An Act of Contrition


     Behold, you delight in sincerity of heart, and teach me wisdom in the depths of my soul.

     Sprinkle me with hyssop, that I may be cleansed; wash me, that I may become whiter than snow.

     Let me hear sounds of joy and gladness, let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.

     Turn away your face from my sins, and blot out my guilt.

     Create a clean heart for me, O God, and renew in me a steadfast spirit.

     Cast me not off from your presence, and take not your holy spirit from me.



     Restore to me the joy of my salvation, and strengthen me with a generous spirit.

I will teach the unjust your ways, and sinners shall be converted to you.

      Deliver me from blood-guilt, O God, God my saviour; let my tongue rejoice because of your justice.

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.

     For you do not delight in sacrifice; and a burnt-offering you would not accept, if I offered it.

     My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit, a contrite and humbled heart, O God you will not despise.


     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. Luke 22: 39 — 71

  and also St. Luke 23: 1 — 53

 We print a small portion for meditation

St Luke especially impressed by our Saviour’s loving mercy,
emphasises, in his account of the passion, our Lord’s looking at Peter after his denial,
the words of comfort to the women of Jerusalem,
the forgiveness of His executioners and the promise made to the good thief.

 St Luke is the evangelist of mercy and forgiveness.


The Trial of Jesus 


And the whole assemblage rose, and took Him before Pilate. And they began to
accuse Him saying, “We have found this Man perverting our nation and forbidding
the payment of taxes to Caesar, and saying that He is Christ the king.” So Pilate
asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” and He answered him and said,
“You say it.” And Pilate said to the chief priests and all the crowds, “I find no guilt
in this Man.” But they persisted saying, “He is stirring up the people, preaching
throughout all Judea, and beginning from Galilee even to this place.”

But Pilate, hearing Galilee, asked whether the Man was a Galilean. And learning
that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him back to Herod, who likewise
was in Jerusalem in those days. Now when Herod saw Jesus he was exceedingly
glad; for he had been a long time desirous to see Him, because he had heard so
much about, and he was hoping to see some miracle done by Him. Now he put
many questions to Him, but He made him no answer. Now the chief priests and
Scribes were standing by, vehemently accusing Him. But Herod, with his soldiery,
treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arraying Him in a bright robe, and
sent Him back to Pilate. And Herod and Pilate became friends that very day;
whereas previously they had been at enmity with each other. And Pilate called
together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, and said to them,
“You have brought before me this Man, as one who perverts the people; and
behold, I upon examining Him in your presence have found no guilt in this Man
as touching those things of which you accuse Him. Neither has Herod; for I sent
you to him, and behold, nothing deserving of death has been committed by Him,
I will therefore chastise Him and release Him.”



 Hymn for Passiontide


When therefore the time appointed by God came, the Son, the world’s Creator,
was sent from heaven and clothed in man’s flesh, was born of a virgin.

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 God in three Persons.    



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.



“Simon, are you sleeping?
Could you not watch one hour with Me?”

      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.




“Simon, are you sleeping?
Could you not watch one hour with Me?”



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.



Sanctify this fast, O God of mercy, and enlighten the hearts of Your faithful people, and to those to whom You give the grace of devotion, graciously accord a favourable hearing, when they call upon You. 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.


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.


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