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Wednesday Evening


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


Part 1. From the Divine Office




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.



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.

  • Wash me yet more, O Lord, from my injustice.
  • Our transgressions You will pardon,
    O God
  • My heart exults in the Lord, who humbles and exults.
  • In the integrity of my heart I will walk,
    O Lord.
  • O my soul, praise the Lord, who raises up those that were bowed down, and loves the just.

From Psalm 33 [34]

A Prayer of Thanksgiving.

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

Let my soul glory in the Lord: let the humble hear and rejoice.

Glorify the Lord with me; and let us together exalt his name.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; and he delivered me from all my fears.

Look unto him, that you may be filled with joy, and your face be not covered with shame.

Behold, the poor man cried, and the Lord heard, and helped him out of all his troubles.


The angel of the Lord encamps round those who fear him, and he rescues them.

Taste and see how good the Lord is; happy the man who takes refuge in him.

Fear the Lord, you his faithful ones, for nothing is wanting to those who fear him.

The powerful have become poor and hungry; but they who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.


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 ▬ Exodus 20: 12 — 24


Thus says the Lord God: “Honour your father and your mother, that you may have a long life in the land which the Lord, your God, is giving you. You shall not kill. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his male or female slave, nor his ox or ass, nor anything else that belongs to him.” When the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the trumpet blast and the mountain smoking, they all feared and trembled. So they took up a position much farther away and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but let not the Lord speak to us, or we shall die.” Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid, for God has come to you only to test you and put His fear upon you, lest you should sin”. Still the people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the cloud where God was. The Lord told Moses, “Thus you shall you speak to the Israelites: You have seen for yourselves that I have spoke to you from heaven. Do not make anything to rank with Me; neither gods of silver nor gods of gold shall you make for yourselves. An altar of earth you shall make for Me, and upon it you shall sacrifice your holocausts and peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen, in whatever place I choose for the remembrance of My name.”


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

From the Canticle of Hannah [Anna]

1 Kings 2: 1 — 10

Holiness and justice of the Lord.

Hannah [Anna], wife of Elcana, by the grace of God, gave birth to the great Prophet Samuel, after she had been barren all her life. In gratitude her soul bursts forth in this canticle of praise. Her song resembles somewhat Mary’s hymn of praise.

My heart exults the Lord, my horn is exalted in my God…

There is no one holy as the Lord; indeed there is no other besides you, nor is there a rock like our God.

Speak boastfully no longer, nor let arrogance issue from your mouths.

For an all-knowing God is the Lord, and by him deeds are set in order.

The bows of the mighty are broken, while the weak are girded with strength…


For not by his own strength does man prevail: the Lord will shatter his foes. —

The most high in heaven thunders, the Lord judges the ends of the earth.

Now may he give strength to his King, and exalt the horn of His Anointed.


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.

  To eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.    

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.







Grant, we implore You, almighty God, that we, who seek the grace of Your protection, may be freed from all evils and serve You with a quiet mind. 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. Devotions Throughout Lent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection