Electronic Prayer Book

Thursday Evening


For historical reasons, the Roman Brieviary commences its full liturgical range of prayers and readings on the first Sunday of Lent. We offer here a Lenten arrangement drawing from the Biblical treasures and prayers taken mainly from the Roman Missal, and including parts of the Brieviary as available.

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


Part 1. From the Divine Office




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.

  • Against You only have I sinned, O Lord; have mercy on me.
  • Return, O Lord, and be entreated in favour of Your servants.
  • My strength and my glory is the Lord, and He has become my salvation.
  • You have multiplied, O God, Your mercy.

  • Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

From Psalm 130 [131]

Resignation to the Will of God.

O Lord my heart is not proud, nor are my eyes haughty.

Neither do I deal in great affairs nor in things too lofty for me.

Truly I have calmed and quieted my soul,

as a little child on its mother’s lap: as a little child, so is my soul within me.

O Israel, hope in the Lord, both now 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 7: 1 — 7


In those days, the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Stand in the gate of the house of the Lord: and proclaim there this word, and say: Hear the word of the Lord, all you men of Judah [Juda] that enter in at these gates to adore the Lord. Thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel: Make your ways and your doings good: and I will dwell with you in this place. Trust not in lying words, saying: The temple of the Lord, it is the temple of the Lord. For if you will order well your ways and your doings: if you execute judgment between a man and his neighbour, if you oppress not the stranger, the fatherless and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, and walk not after strange gods to your own hurt; I will dwell with you in this place, in the land which I gave to your fathers from the beginning and forevermore,” says the Lord almighty.


A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

From a Canticle of Moses

Exodus 15: 1 — 18

This is the song of thanksgiving sung by Moses after the Israelites had passed through the Red Sea 
and the armies of Pharoah had been annihilated. 
This canticle is one of the best models of Hebrew poetry. 
The Christian will have thoughts of redemption and baptism as he prays: 
deliverance from Egypt and passing through the Red Sea are figures for these two mysteries.

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles and Revelation

Hymn as a Prayer

Jubilation over Pharoah’s ruin.

I will sing to the Lord, for he is gloriously triumphant; horse and chariot he has cast into the sea.

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

He is my God, I praise him; the God of my father, I extol him. —

The Lord is a warrior, Lord is his name!

Pharoah’s chariots and army he hurled into the sea; the elite of his officers were submerged in the Red Sea.

The flood waters covered them, they sank into the depths like a stone.

God’s power and fidelity.

Your right hand, O Lord magnificent in power, your right hand, O Lord, has shattered the enemy.

In your great majesty, you overthrew your adversaries; you loosed your wrath to consume them like stubble…


Who is like to you among the gods,
O Lord Who is like to you, magnificent in holiness, terrible in renown, worker of wonders?

When you stretched out your right hand, the earth swallowed them!

In your mercy you led the people you redeemed; in your strength you guided them to your holy dwelling…..

And you brought them in and planted them on the mountain of your inheritance — the place where you made your seat,
O Lord, the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands established.

The Lord shall reign forever and ever.


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.


May Your heavenly mercy increase
Your people who serve You, O
Lord, we implore You, and make
them always obedient to Your


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.


Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.


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.







May Your heavenly mercy increase Your people who serve You, and make them always obedient to your commandments. 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.


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