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Monday Morning

 

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.

Halleluia.

 

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.

 
 
 
 
  • Have pity on me, O God, for men trample upon me; all the day they press their attack against me.
    In God, in Whose promise I glory, in the Lord Whose word I praise, in God I trust without fear; what can flesh do against me?
 
  • Have pity on me, O Lord, for men trample upon me; all the day they press their attack against me.
    O God, my wanderings You have counted; my tears are recorded in Your sight.
 
  • Hearken O God, to my prayer; turn not away from my pleading; give heed to me, and answer me.
 
 

Psalm 5

Morning Prayer
 

Hearken to my words, O Lord, attend to my sighing.

Heed my cry for help, my King and my God!

For to you, O Lord, do I pray; in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I offer you my prayers and I wait.

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness, nor may the wicked abide with you; the arrogant may not stand in your presence…

 

But I, by your abundant kindness, will enter your house,

I will bow down to your holy temple in reverence before you, O Lord,

lead me in your justice, because of my enemies; make your way straight before 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.

 
 

Reading ▬ St. Luke 4: 23 — 30

 
 
 

At that time Jesus said to the Pharisees: “You surely quote Me this proverb, ‘Physician, cure yourself! Whatever things we have heard of as done in Capernaum [Capharnaum], do here also in Your own country’!” But He said, “Amen I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country. In truth I say to you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah [Elias], when heaven was shut up for three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land; and to none of them was Elijah sent, but rather to a woman in Zarapheth [Sarepta] of Sidon. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha [Eliseas] the prophet; and not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian”. And all in the synagogue, as they heard these things, were filled with wrath. And they rose up and put Him forth out of the town, and led Him to the brow of the hill, on which their town was built, that they might throw Him down headlong. But He, passing through their midst, went His way.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn as a Prayer

As holy custom has taught us, let us keep this well-known fast of forty days.

Moses and Isaiah originally revealed this period of forty days and in later times Christ the King, the king and maker of all seasons, hallowed it.

Therefore let us give less time to talking, eating, drinking, sleeping and amusing ourselves and show a greater vigilance in our way of life.

But let us avoid sin, for it undermines the unreflecting soul; let us yield no ground before our cunning foe’s tyrannical demands.

Let us appease God’s avenging wrath, beg for mercy before our Judge, call upon him in suppliant entreaty; let all of us most humbly offer this prayer.

 

Our sins have offended Your divine mercy. Yet pour out on us from heaven the grace of pardon for You are the forgiver of all sins.

Remember that fallen though we are, we are Your handiwork. Do not, we beg You, give another the honour that is due to Your name.

Pardon the evil we have done. Give in even greater measure the grace we ask for, so that at last it may come about that we are pleasing to You in this life and in the next.”

Blessed Trinity and undivided Unity, grant that the sacrifice of the fast may be fruitful to Your servants. 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.

 
 
Antiphon

“Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country.”

   
       
 
       

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.

 

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.

       
 

# “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.

 
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

 
 
 

O Lord, we implore You, mercifully pour forth Your grace into our hearts, that as we abstain from bodily food, so also may we restrain our senses from harmful excesses.
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