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Saturday 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.

 
 
 
 
  • The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims His handiwork. The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul; the decree of the Lord is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple.
 
  • It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praise to Your name, Most High.
    To proclaim Your kindness at dawn and Your faithfulness throughout the night.
 
  • You ought to rejoice, my son, because your brother was dead, and has come to life; he was lost, and is found.
 
 

From Psalm 91 [92]

Praise God, the Just Judge
 

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing to your name, O Most High:

To declare your goodness in the morning and your faithfulness during the hours of the night.

On the ten-stringed instrument and the lyre, with a song on the harp.

For you make me glad, O Lord, by your deeds, I rejoice in the works of your hands.

How great are your works, O Lord, how exceedingly deep your thoughts!

The senseless man knows not, nor does the fool know this.

Even if the wicked flourish like grass, and all evildoers prosper,

they are doomed to eternal ruin: but you are exalted forever, O Lord.

For behold, your enemies, O Lord, for, behold, your enemies shall perish: all evildoers shall be scattered.

 

You have given me strength like that of the buffalo; you have anointed me with the purest oil.

And my eye has looked down upon my enemies, and my ears have heard glad tidings of the wicked who rise up against me.

The just man shall flourish like the palm tree, like the cedar of Lebanon he shall grow.

Planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of our God they shall flourish.

They shall bear fruit even in old age., fresh and green shall they be,

that they may declare, that the Lord is righteous, my rock, in whom there is no wrong.

 

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. Luke 15: 11 — 32

 
 
 

At that time, Jesus spoke to the Pharisees and Scribes this parable: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that falls to me’. And he divided his means between them. And not many days later, the younger son gathered up all his wealth, and took his journey into a far country; and there he squandered his fortune in loose living. And after he had spent all, there came a grievous famine over that country, and he began himself to suffer want. And he went and joined one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his farm to feed swine. And he longed to fill himself with the pods that the swine were eating, but no-one offered to give them to him. But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many hired men in my father’s house have in abundance while I am perishing here with hunger! I will get up and go to my father and say to him, ‘Father I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men’. And he arose and went to his father. But while he was yet a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion, and ran and fell upon his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son’. But the father said to his servants, ‘Fetch (bring) quickly the best robe and put it on him, and give him a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet; and bring out the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; because this my son was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost and is found’. And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And calling one of the servants he enquired what this meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has got him back safe’. But he was angered and would not go in. His father, therefore, came out and began to entreat him. But he answered and said to his father, ‘Behold, these many years I have been serving you, and have never transgressed one of your commands; and yet you have never given me a kid that I might make merry with my friends. But when this your son comes, who has devoured his means with harlots, you have killed for him the fattened calf’. But he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours; but we are bound to make merry and rejoice, for this your brother was dead, and has come to life; he was lost and is found’.”

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn as a Prayer

Jesus salvation’s sun, shine bright in our inmost souls until night is driven away and day with its more welcome joys rises again.

Having given us this “acceptable time,” grant that we may purify by abundant sorrow the sacrifice we make of our heart and that our love may willingly consume the sacrifice in its flames.

Tears of repentance will never stop welling up from our heart, the source of our past sin, if the rod of penance break its stubborn rock.

 

The day — Your day — is coming, when everything begins to blossom. And when Your right hand has led us back to the way, we may too rejoice on that day.

May the world that You constructed humbly adore You merciful Trinity, and may we, renewed by grace, sing a new hymn of praise. Amen

 

 
 

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

I will go to my father and say to Him: Father, make me as one of your hired servants.

   
       
 
       

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

I will go to my father and say to Him: Father, make me as one of your hired servants.

 
 

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

 
 
 

We implore You, O Lord, give a wholesome effect to our fasts, that the chastisement of the flesh which we have taken upon us, may bestow a renewal of life in our souls. 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