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Tuesday 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.

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.

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.

 
 
 
 
  • Wipe out my offense, O Lord, in the greatness of
    Your compassion.
 
  • Fight my fight, O God, against a faithless people
  • You will correct me Lord, and enable me to live.
 
  • May God have pity on us and bless us.
  • Praise the Lord, for He is kind and gracious to His servants.
 
 

Psalm 126 [127]

Without Me You Can Do Nothing.
 

Behold children are a gift from God, the fruit of the womb is a reward.

What arrows are in the hands of a warrior, such are the sons of one’s youth.

 

Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them: they shall not be put to shame, when they contend their enemies at the city-gate.

 

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 4: 1 —7 [4 Kings :4: 1 — 7]

 
 
 

In those days, a certain woman cried to the prophet Elisha [Eliseus], saying, “Your servant, my husband, is dead and you know that your servant was one who feared God: and behold the creditor is come to take away my two sons to serve him”. And Elisha said to her, “What will you have me to do for you? Tell me, what have you in your house”? And she answered, “I, your handmaid have nothing in my house but a little oil, to anoint me”. And he said to her, “Go, borrow of all your neighbours empty vessels not a few. And go in, and shut your door, when you are within, and your sons; and pour out thereof into all those vessels: and when they are full take them away”. So the woman went, and shut the door upon her, and upon her sons: they brought her the vessels, and she poured in. And when the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me yet a vessel”. And he answered, “I have no more”. And the oil stood. And she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil, and pay your creditor; and you and your sons live off the rest.”

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

The Canticle of Hezekiah [Ezechias]

Isaiah 38: 10 — 20

Thanksgiving for the grace of repentance

This is the song of King Hezekiah [Ezechias] during his critical illness and again during the time of his recovery. It falls logically into two parts:   1. description of the sickness;   2. thanksgiving for recovery.
For us it is a prayer of repentance: our sickness is a disease of the soul, sin, from which we beg God to heal us. Our thanksgiving is the grace of repentance.

Sickness — Sin

Once I said, “In the noontime of life I must depart to the gates of the nether world. I am bereft of the rest of my years”.

I said, “I shall see the Lord no more in the land of the living. The Lord keeps me; and so we will sing my psalms all the days of our life in the house of the Lord”.

No longer shall I behold my fellow men among those who dwell in the world”.

My dwelling, like a shepherd’s tent, is struck down and borne away from me.

I fold up my life like a weaver; he cuts me off from the thread. Day and night you give me over to torment.

I cry out until the dawn. Like a lion he breaks all my bones; day and night you give me over to torment.

Like a swallow I utter shrill cries; I moan like a dove.

My eyes grow weak, gazing heavenward: O Lord I am in straits; be my surety! —

 

Redemption

What shall I say? For he has told me and he has done it! I shall go on through all my years despite the bitterness of my soul.

Those live whom the Lord protects, and among them my life will go on: You have healed me and kept me alive!

Thus is my bitterness transformed into salvation. You have preserved my life from the pit of destruction when you cast behind you all my sins.

For it is not the nether world that gives you thanks, nor death that praises you; neither do those who go down into the pit await your kindness.

The living, the living give you thanks, as I do today: fathers declare to their sons your faithfulness.

The Lord keeps me; and so we will sing my psalms, all the days of our life in the house of the Lord.

 

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
   
 

“Where two or three are gathered together for My sake, there am I in the midst of them,” says the Lord.

   
 
       

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

 

 

 

Defend us, O Lord, by Your protection and always keep us from all wickedness.
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