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Monday Evening

 

We recommend reading, “The Joy of Lent” as near as practicable to the start of Lent.

 
 
 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

 

Opening

 

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.

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.

 
 
 
 
  • Have mercy on me O God, in Your great goodness
 
  • Guide me in Your justice, Lord!
  • Your anger has abated, O Lord, and
    You have consoled me.
 
  • The Lord will give strength and bless
    His people with peace.
  • Praise the Lord, for steadfast is His kindness towards us.
 
 

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 ▬ 2 Kings 5: 1 — 15 [4Kings 5: 1 — 15]

 
 
 

In those days, Naaman, general of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable: for by him the Lord gave deliverance to Syria: and he was a valiant man and rich, but a leper. Now there had gone out robbers from Syria, and had led away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid, and she waited upon Naaman’s wife, and she said to her mistress, “I wish my master had been with the prophet who is in Samaria: he would certainly have healed him of the leprosy which he has”. Then Naaman went into his lord, and told him saying, “Thus and thus said the girl from the land of Israel”. And the king of Syria said to him, “Go, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel”. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment and brought the letter to the king of Israel, in these words, “When you shall receive this letter, know that I have sent to you Naaman my servant, that you may heal him of his leprosy”. And when the king of Israel had read the letter, he rent his garments and said, “Am I God, to be able to kill and give life, that this man has sent to me to heal of his leprosy? Mark, and see how he seeks occasions against me”. And when Elisha the man of God had heard this, to wit, that the king of Israel had rent his garments, he sent to him saying, “Why have you rent your garments? Let him come to me, and let him know there is a prophet in Israel”. So Naaman came with horses and chariots, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha: and Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh shall recover health and you shall be clean”. Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “I thought he would have come out to me, and standing would have invoked the name of the Lord his God, and touched with his hand the place of the leprosy, and healed me. Are not the Abana and Pharphar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel, that I may wash in them, and be made clean”? So as he turned,me and was going away with indignation, his servants came to him, and said to him, “Father, if the Prophet had bid you do some great thing, surely you should have done it: how much rather what he now has said to you: Wash, and you shall be clean”? Then he went down, and washed in the Jordan seven times, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored, like the flesh of a little child, and he was made clean. And returning to the man of God with all his train, he came and stood before him, and said, “In truth I know, there is no other God in all the earth, but only in Israel.”

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

The Canticle of Isaiah

Isaiah 12: 1 — 6

 In this Messianic song, the prophet shows redeemed mankind thanking God for their liberation from the evil one and for the blessings of the Messianic kingdom, the “fountain of salvation”.

I give thanks, O Lord; though you have been angry with me, your anger has abated, and you have consoled me.

God indeed is my saviour; I am confident and unafraid.

My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my saviour. —

With joy will you draw water at the fountain of salvation,

And say on that day: Give thanks to the Lord, acclaim his name;

Among the nations make known his deeds, proclaim how exalted is his name.

 

Sing praise to the Lord, for his glorious achievement; let this be known throughout all the earth.

Shout with exultation, O city of Zion for great in your midst is the holy one of Israel!

 

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
   
  Jesus passed through their
midst and went His way.
   

 

       

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

Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.

 
 

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

 

 

 

Let Your mercy, O Lord, come to our help, that by Your protection we, may be worthy to be delivered from the dangers hanging over us for our sins, by Your deliverance to be saved. 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.

 

Part 2. Devotions Throughout Lent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection