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Thursday 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.

  • Deign, O God, to rescue me;
    O Lord, make haste to help me; let my enemies be put to shame and confounded who seek my life.
    Let them be turned back in disgrace who desire my ruin.
  • Pardon our sins, O Lord; why should the nations say, “Where is their God”?
    Help us, O God, our Saviour; because of the glory of Your name, O Lord, deliver us.
  • “He who eats My Flesh, and rinks My Blood, abides in Me, and I in him,” says the Lord.

From Psalm 65 [66]

Gratitude for Deliverance

Shout joyfully to God, all the earth, chant the glory of his name, render to him noble praise.

Say to God: how wondrous are your works! Because of your great power your enemies respect you.

Let all the earth worship you and sing praise to you, sing praise to your name.

Come and see the works of God: the wondrous works he wrought among men!

He changed the sea into dry land; they crossed the river on foot: therefore let us rejoice in him.

He rules by his might forever; his eyes watch the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves.

Bless our God, O nations, and let his praise resound.


Who has kept us among the living, and has not allowed our foot to stumble…

Come, hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell you, what great things he has done for me!

I cried to him with my mouth, and I praised him with my tongue.

If I had intended evil in my heart, the Lord would not have answered.

But God has answered: he gave heed to my prayer.

Blessed be God, who did not reject my prayer, nor withdraw his mercy from 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 — St. Luke 16: 19 — 31


At that time, Jesus said to the Pharisees, “There was a certain rich man who used to clothe himself in purple and fine linen, and who feasted every day in splendid fashion. And there was a certain poor man named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. And it came to pass that the poor man died and was borne away by the angels into Abraham’s bosom; but the rich man also died and was buried in hell. And lifting up his eyes, being in torments, he saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame’. But Abraham said to him, ‘Son, remember that you, in your lifetime have received good things, and Lazarus in like manner, evil things; but now he is comforted whereas you are tormented. And besides all that, between us and you a great gulf is fixed, so that they who wish to pass over from this side to you cannot, and they cannot pass over from your side to us’. And he said, ‘Then father I implore you to send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they too come to this place of torments’. And Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets, let them hearken to them’. But he answered, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent’. But he said to him, ‘If they do not hearken to Moses and the Prophets, they will not believe even if someone rises 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.



 ”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.


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


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 us we implore You, O Lord, the help of Your grace, that, duly applying ourselves to fasting and prayers, we may be delivered from the enemies of mind and body. 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 Lent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection