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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.

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.

 
 
 
 
  • To You I lift up my soul, O Lord; in You, O my God, I trust; let me not be put to shame.
    Remember that Your compassion, O Lord, and Your kindness are from of old; let not our enemies exult over us; deliver us, O God of Israel, from all our tribulations.
 
  • Relieve the troubles of my heart and bring me out of my distress, O Lord.
    Put an end to my affliction and my suffering, and take away all my sins.
 
  • I will delight in Your commands, which I love exceedingly; and I will lift up my hands to Your commands, which I love.
 
 

From Psalm 94 [95]

A Call to Praise God.
 

Come let us rejoice in the Lord, let us shout with joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come into his presence with praises, with songs let us rejoice in him.

For the Lord is a mighty God, and a great King above all the gods:

In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the tops of the mountains are his.

The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands formed:

 

Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord who made us.

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand

 

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.

 
 

From Psalm 118 [119]

The Blessings of the Law.

Deal kindly with your servant, that I may live and keep your words.

Open my eyes, that I may behold the wonders of your law.

I am a pilgrim on earth; hide not your commands from me.

My soul is consumed with longing for your ordinances at all times.

You rebuked the proud; accursed are they who turn aside from your commandments.

Take away from me reproach and contempt, because I observe your decrees.

Though princes sit together and talk against me, your servant meditates on your statutes.

For your decrees are my delight; your statutes, my counsellors.

My soul is prostrate in the dust; revive me according to your word.

 

I have made known my ways and you answered me; teach me your statutes.

Make me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on you wondrous works.

My soul sheds tears because of sorrow; lift me up according to your word.

Keep me from the way of error and graciously grant me your law.

I have chosen the way of truth, I have set your ordinances before me.

I cling to your decrees; O Lord, put me not to shame.

I will run the way of your commandments, when you enlarge my heart.

 

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 17: 1 — 9

 
 
 

At that time, Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves, and was transfigured before them. And His face shone as the sun, and his garments became as white as snow. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah [Elias] talking with Him. Then Peter addressed Jesus saying, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If You will let us set up three tents here, one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” As he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud, said, “This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; Hear Him.” And on hearing it the disciples fell on their faces, and were exceedingly afraid. And Jesus came near and touched them and said to them, “Arise and do not be afraid.” But lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, but Jesus only. And as they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus cautioned them saying, “Tell the vision to no-one, till the Son of Man has risen from the dead.”

 
 

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 again begins to blossom. And when Your right hand has led us back to the way, may we 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.

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
   
 

Jesus took his disciples, and climbed a mountain, and was transfigured before them.

   
 
       

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

Jesus took his disciples, and climbed a mountain, and was transfigured before them.

 
 

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

 
 
 

O God, You see that we are destitute of all strength; protect us inwardly and outwardly; that in body we may be defended from all adversities, and in mind cleansed from evil thoughts. 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