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Friday 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.

 
 
 
 
  • Hear O Lord, a just suit, attend to my outcry.
    But I in justice shall behold Your
    face; I shall be content when
    Your glory shall appear.
 
  • In my distress I called to the Lord, and
    He answered me.
    O Lord, deliver me from lying lips, from
    treacherous tongue.
 
  • You, O Lord, will keep us and preserve us always from this generation.
 
 

From Psalm 98 [99]

Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
 

The Lord is king: the peoples tremble; he sits above the Cherubim: the earth quakes.

The Lord is great in Zion and high above all the peoples.

Let them praise your great and awe-inspiring name: it is holy.

And he is king, the mighty one who loves justice: you have established what is right, justice and right you exercise in Jacob.

Exalt the Lord, our God, and prostrate yourselves at his footstool: It is holy.

 

Moses and Aaron are among his priests, and Samuel among those who called upon his name: they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.

In a pillar of cloud he spoke to them: they heard his commandments, and the precept which he gave them.

O Lord, our God, you answered them; O God, you were gracious to them, but you punished their wrong-doing.

Exalt the Lord, our God, and prostrate yourselves at his holy mountain: for holy is the Lord, our God.

 

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 21: 33 — 46

 
 
 

At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to the multitude of the Jews and the chief priests; “There was a man, a householder, who planted a vineyard, and put a hedge about it, and dug a wine vat in it, and built a tower; then he let it out to vine-dressers, and went abroad. But when the fruit season drew near, he sent his servants to the vine-dressers to receive his fruits. And the vine-dressers seized his servants, and beat one and killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent another party of servants more numerous than the first; and they did the same to these. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son’. But the vine-dressers, on seeing the son, said among themselves, ‘This is the heir, come, let us kill him, and we shall have his inheritance’. So they seized him, cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. When, therefore, the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-dressers?” They said to Him, “He will utterly destroy those evil men, and will let out the vineyard to other vine-dressers, who will render to him fruits in their seasons”. Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘The stone which the builders rejected, has become the corner-stone; by the Lord this has been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes’? Therefore I say to you, that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and will be given to a people yielding its fruits. And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but upon whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.” And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard His parables, they knew He was speaking about them. And they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the people, because they regarded Him as a prophet.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn as a Prayer

Bounteous Creator, hear the prayers of repentance we offer You during the holy fast of forty days.

Loving searcher of our heart, You know how feeble our strength is; give those who return to You the grace of pardon.

We have sinned much, but spare us who confess our guilt; for Your name’s honour bring healing remedy to the sick.

 

Grant that our body be brought into subjection by fasting, that our hearts, free of sin, leave untouched anything that feeds sin.

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.

 
 
Antiphon
   
       

Monday

 ”I am the beginning, I who speak with you.”

Tuesday

For one is your Master, who is in heaven, Christ the Lord.

Wednesday

Behold we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to be crucified.

Thursday

Remember, son, that you received good things in your lifetime, while Lazarus was smitten by misfortunes.

Friday

He will utterly destroy those evil men, and will let out the vineyard to other vinedressers, who will render to Him the fruits of their seasons.

 

       

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

 
 
 

Grant, we implore You, O almighty God, that cleansed by this holy fast, we may come with sincere minds to the approaching holy festival. 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