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Saturday Evening

 

For historical reasons, the Roman Brieviary commences
its full liturgical range of prayers and readings on the first Sunday of Lent.
We offer here a Lenten arrangement drawing from the Biblical treasures and prayers
taken mainly from the Roman Missal, and including parts of the Brieviary as available.

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.

 
 
 
 
  • Be bountiful, O Lord, to Zion in Your kindness.
 
  • Just is the Lord, our God, and there is no wrong in Him.
  • On His servants the Lord shall have pity; and He shall be merciful to the land of His people.
 
  • From the dread enemy, O Lord, preserve my life.
  • Praise the Lord for His sovereign majesty.
 
 

From Psalm 144 [145]

Praise of God’s Great Goodness
 

I will extol you, my God, O king; I will bless your name forever and ever.

Every day will I bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation praises your works to another, and they declare your might.

They tell of the glorified splendour of your majesty, and proclaim your wonders.

 

And they speak of the might of your tremendous deeds, and recount your greatness.

They proclaim the praise of your great goodness, and rejoice in your justice.

 

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.

 
 

Psalm 133 [134]

Exhortation to the Night Watch
To Bless the Lord.

 

Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord; who stand in the house of the Lord during the night hours.

Lift up your hands towards the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth.

 

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 — 1 Thessalonians 5: 14 — 23

 
 
 

Brethren: We exhort you, reprove the irregular, comfort the faint hearted, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that no one renders evil for evil to any men, but always strive after good toward one another and toward all men. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing. In all things give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus regarding you all. Do not extinguish the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. But test all things; hold fast that which is good. Keep yourselves from every kind of evil. And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your spirit and soul and body, be preserved sound, blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

From a Canticle of Moses

Deuteronomy 32: 1 — 18

Fidelity to God

This is the song of Moses taking leave of his people just before his death. It is a highly poetic song, portraying God’s justice and fidelity towards His chosen people in stirring words and portraits. We can interpret the song for our own lives as God’s constant paternal care over all His children; nor will we fail to recognise our own infidelity to God.

Give ear O heavens, while I speak; the earth hearken to the words of my mouth!

May my instruction soak in like the rain, and my discourse permeate like the dew,

Like a downpour upon the grass, like a shower upon the crops:

For I will sing the Lord’s renown. Oh, proclaim the greatness of our God!

The Rock—how faultless are his deeds, how right are his ways!

A faithful God, without deceit, how just and upright he is!

 

Yet basely has he been treated by his degenerate children, a perverse and crooked race!

Is the Lord, to be thus repaid by you,
O stupid and foolish people?

Is he not your father who created you? Has he not made you and established you?

 

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.

V. To His Angels God has given command about you.

R. They that guard you in all your ways.

 

 
 

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
   
  Then if you call, the Lord will hear you; if you cry aloud, He
will answer, “Here I am”.
   
 
       

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

Then if you call, the Lord will hear you; if you cry aloud, He
will answer, “Here I am”.

 
 

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

 
 
 

May the desired blessing confirm Your faithful people, O God; may it cause them never to depart from Your will and ever rejoice in Your gifts. 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