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Thursday 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.

 
 
 
 
  • Hearken, My people, to My teaching; incline your ears to the words of My mouth.
    “I am the salvation of the people,”
    says the Lord. “From whatever tribulation they shall cry to Me, I will hear them; and I will be their Lord forever.”
 
  • The eyes of all look hopefully to You,
    O Lord, and You give them Your food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
 
  • You have commanded that Your precepts be diligently kept. Oh, that I might be firm in the ways of keeping
    Your statutes.
 
 

From Psalm 97 [98]

The Lord, Judge and Ruler of the Universe
 

Sing to the Lord a new song, because he has done wonderful things.

His right hand and his holy arm have brought him victory.

The Lord has made known his salvation, in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.

He has been mindful of his goodness and faithfulness toward the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Acclaim the Lord, all the earth, be glad, rejoice and sing praises.

Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody,

with trumpets and the sound of the horn: shout joyfully before the king, the Lord.

 

Let the sea roar and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.

Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains; sing in chorus,

before the Lord, for he comes, for he comes to rule the earth.

He will rule the world with justice and the peoples with equity.

 

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: 38 — 44

 
 
 

At that time, Jesus rose from the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a great fever, and they besought Him for her. And standing over her He rebuked the fever, and it left her; and she rose at once and began to wait on them. Now when the sun was setting, all who had persons sick with various diseases brought them to Him. And He laid hands upon each of them and cured them. And devils also came forth from many, crying out and saying, “You are the Son of God”. And He rebuked them, and did not permit them to speak, because they knew that He was the Christ. Now when it was day, He went out and departed into a desert place. And the crowds were seeking after Him, and they came to Him, and tried to detain Him, that He might not depart from them. But He said to them, “To the other towns I also must proclaim the kingdom of God, for this is why I have been sent”. And He was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn as a Prayer

Jesus, salvation’s sun, shine bright in our inmost souls until night is driven away and day with its more welcome joys rises again.

Having given us this “acceptable-time,” grant that we may purify by abundant sorrow the sacrifice we make of our heart and that our love may willingly consume the sacrifice in its flames.

Tears of repentance will never stop welling up from our heart, the source of our past sin, if the rod of penance break its stubborn rock.

 

The day — Your day — is coming, when everything again begins to blossom. And when Your right hand has led us back to the way, may we too rejoice on that day.

May the world that You constructed humbly adore You, merciful Trinity, and may we, renewed by grace, sing a new hymn of praise.   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
   
  And devils came forth from many, crying out and saying, “You are the Son of God”. And He rebuked them, and did not permit them to speak, because they knew that He was the Christ (The Anointed One).    
 
       

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

 

 

 

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.

 

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