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Monday 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.

  • Do me justice, O Lord! for I have walked in integrity, and in the Lord I trust without wavering.
    Redeem me, O Lord, and have pity on me; my foot stands on level ground in the assemblies I will bless the Lord.
  • Let my enemies be put to shame and confounded, who seek my life.
    You are my help and my deliverer,
    O Lord, hold not back.
  • I bless the Lord, Who counsels me; I set the Lord ever before me; with Him at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

From Psalm 46 [47]

The Guest of God

All peoples, clap your hands, shout to God with joyful voice,

For the Lord most high is awe-inspiring, he is a great king over all the earth.

He makes peoples subject to us, and puts nations under our feet.

He chooses our inheritance for us, the glory of Jacob, whom he loves.

God has ascended amid jubilation, the Lord with the sound of trumpets.

Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our king, sing praises.


For God is king of all the earth, sing a hymn.

God rules over all the nations, God sits on his holy throne.

The princes of the nations are assembled with the people of the God of Abraham.

For the rulers of the earth belong to God: he is exceedingly exalted.


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 John 8: 21 — 29


At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, who disfigure their faces in order to appear to men to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But you, when you do fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not be seen fasting by men, but by your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth where rust and moth consumes, and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither rust nor moth consumes, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.


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.



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


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


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


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


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.


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


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 Your servants who abstain from food to mortify their flesh, may fast from sin by following after justice. 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 Advent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection