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Wednesday Morning


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.

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.

  • In You, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In Your justice rescue me and deliver me.
    My trust is in the Lord. I will rejoice and be glad of Your kindness, when
    You have seen my affliction.
  • Have pity on me, O Lord, for I am languishing; help me, O Lord For my body is in terror; my soul, too, is utterly terrified.
  • O Lord, deal kindly with me for Your name’s sake; because Your kindness is generous.



From Psalm 96 [97]

The Lord of the World.

The Lord is king: let the earth rejoice, let the many lands be glad.

Clouds and darkness are round about him, justice and right are the foundation of his throne.

A fire goes before him, and devours enemies round about.

His lightnings’ illumine the world; the earth sees and trembles.

The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.

The heavens declare his justice; and all people behold his glory.

Confounded are all who worship graven images and boast of their idols; all the gods fall prostrate before him.


Zion hears and rejoices, and the cities of Judah are glad, because of your judgments, O Lord.

For you, O Lord, are sovereign over all the earth, supremely exalted above all gods.

The Lord loves those who hate evil, he preserves the lives of his faithful ones, he saves them from the hand of the wicked.

Light shines forth for the just one, and joy for the upright of heart.

Rejoice in the Lord you just, and praise his holy name.


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. Matthew 15: 1 — 20


At that time, the Scribes and Pharisees from Jerusalem came to Jesus. Saying, “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the ancients? For they do not wash their hands when they take food”. But He answered them and said to them, “And why do you transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honour your father and your mother’; and ‘Let him who curses father or mother be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever shall say to his father or mother, “Any support you might have had from me is dedicated to God,” does not have to honour his father or his mother.’ So you have made void the commandment of God by your tradition. Hypocrites, well did Isaiah [Isaias] prophesy of you, saying, ‘This people honours me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; and in vein do they worship me, teaching as doctrine the precepts of men’.” Then He called the crowd to Him, and said to them, “Hear, and understand. What goes into the mouth does not defile a man; but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles a man.” Then His disciples came up and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees have taken offense at this saying?” But He answered and said, “Every plant that My heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. Let them alone; they are blind guides of blind men. But if a blind man guide a blind man, both fall into a pit.” But Peter spoke to Him saying, “Explain to us this parable”. And He said, Are you also even yet without understanding? Do you not realise that whatever enters the mouth passes into the belly and cast out into the drain? But things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and it is they that defile a man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, immorality, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things that defile a man; but to eat with the unwashed hands does not defile a man.”


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.


Hear and understand the traditions which the Lord has given us


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.


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.







We implore You, O Lord, that being taught by wholesome fasting, and abstaining from harmful vices, we may the more easily obtain Your forgiveness. 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