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Thursday Evening

 

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.

 
 
 
 
  • Against You only have I sinned, O Lord; have mercy on me.
 
  • Return, O Lord, and be entreated in favour of Your servants.
  • My strength and my glory is the Lord, and He has become my salvation.
 
  • You have multiplied, O God, Your mercy.
  • Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
 
 

From Psalm 70 [71]

Prayer for Perseverance
 

To you, O Lord, I flee for refuge: let me never be put to shame;

In your justice deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me.

Be a rock of refuge for me, a fortress to  save me: for you are my rock and my stronghold.

O my God, rescue me from the hand of the sinner, from the fist of the evildoer and the violent.

For you are my trust, O my God, O Lord, my hope from my youth.

Upon you have I leaned from birth; from my mother’s womb you were my protector: in you I hoped always.

 

I have appeared as a marvel to many; for you were my strong refuge.

My mouth was full of your praise, of your glory all day long.

Cast me not off in my old age; when my strength fails, forsake me not.

For my enemies talk about me, and they who watch me take counsel together,

Saying: “God has forsaken him; pursue and seize him, for there is none to deliver him.”

O God, be not far from me, O my God hasten 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.

 
 

  Reading — Jeremiah 17: 5 — 10

 
 
 

Thus says the Lord God: “Cursed be the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm, and whose hearth departs from the Lord. For he shall be like tamaric in the desert, and he shall not see when good shall come: but he shall dwell in dryness in the desert, in a salt land, and not inhabited. Blessed be the man who trusts in the Lord, and the Lord shall be his confidence. And He shall be as a tree that is planted by the waters, that spreads out its roots toward moisture: and it shall not fear when the heat comes. And the leaf thereof shall be green, and in the time of drought it shall not be solicitous, nether shall it cease at any time to bring forth fruit. The heart is perverse above all things, and unsearchable: who can know it? I am the Lord Who search the heart, and prove the reins: Who give to everyone according to his way, and according to the fruit of his devices,” says the Lord almighty.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

From a Canticle of Moses

Exodus 15: 1 — 18

This is the song of thanksgiving sung by Moses after the Israelites had passed through the Red Sea and the armies of Pharoah had been annihilated. This canticle is one of the best models of Hebrew poetry. The Christian will have thoughts of redemption and baptism as he prays: deliverance from Egypt and passing through the Red Sea are figures for these two mysteries.

Jubilation over Pharoah’s ruin.

I will sing to the Lord, for he is gloriously triumphant; horse and chariot he has cast into the sea.

My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my saviour.

He is my God, I praise him; the God of my father, I extol him. —

The Lord is a warrior, Lord is his name!

Pharoah’s chariots and army he hurled into the sea; the elite of his officers were submerged in the Red Sea.

The flood waters covered them, they sank into the depths like a stone.

God’s power and fidelity.

Your right hand, O Lord magnificent in power, your right hand, O Lord, has shattered the enemy.

In your great majesty, you overthrew your adversaries; you loosed your wrath to consume them like stubble…

 

Who is like to you among the gods,

O Lord Who is like to you, magnificent in holiness, terrible in renown, worker of wonders?

When you stretched out your right hand, the earth swallowed them!

In your mercy you led the people you redeemed; in your strength you guided them to your holy dwelling…

And you brought them in and planted them on the mountain of your inheritance — the place where you made your seat,
O Lord, the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands established.

The Lord shall reign forever and ever.

 

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.

 

 
 

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
   
 

 All who had sick brought them to Jesus, and they were cured.

   
 
       

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

All who had sick brought them to Jesus, and they were cured.

 
 

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

 

 

 

Give ear, O Lord, to Your servants when they implore You, and grant them Your perpetual favour; that You may gather and restore what they have lost, and preserve what You have restored to those who glory in You as their Creator and Guide. 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