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Tuesday 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.

 
 
 
 
  • Wipe out my offense, O Lord, in the greatness of Your compassion..
 
  • Fight my fight, O God, against a faithless people.
  • You will correct me Lord, and enable me to live.
 
  • May God have pity on us and bless us.
  • Praise the Lord, for He is kind and gracious to His servants.
 
 

From Psalm 124 [125]

Unshaken Trust of the Faithful
 

Those who trust in the Lord are as Mount Zion, which is immovable, which abides forever.

Mountains surround Jerusalem: so the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forever.

Therefore the sceptre of the wicked shall not rest upon the allotted land of the just, lest the just stretch out their hands toward evil.

 

Deal kindly, O Lord, with the good and the upright of heart.

But as for them who go astray on crooked paths, may the Lord drive them away with the evil-doers: Peace be upon Israel!

 

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 Kings [3 Kings] 17: 8 — 16

 
 
 

In those days, the word of the Lord came to Elijah [Elias] the Tishbite, saying, “Arise, and go to Zarepheth [Sarepta] of the Sidonians, and dwell there: for I have commanded a widow woman there to feed you”. He arose, and went to Zarapheth. And when he came to the gate of the city, he saw the widow woman gathering sticks, and he called her, and said to her, “Give me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink”. And when she was going to fetch it, he called after her, saying, “Bring me also, I implore you, a morsel of bread in your hand”. And she answered, “As the Lord your God lives, I have no bread, but only a handful of meal in a pot, and a little oil in a cruse. Behold I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it and die”. And Elijah said to her, “Fear not, but go and do as you have said; but first make for me of the same meal a little hearth-cake, and bring it to me; and after make for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: “The pot of meal shall not waste, nor the cruse of oil be diminished, until the day wherein the Lord will give rain upon the face of the earth”. She went, and did according to the word of Elijah: and he ate, and she, and her house: and from that day the pot of meal wasted not and the cruse of oil was not diminished, according to the word of Lord, which he spoke in the hand of Elijah.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

The Canticle of Hezekiah [Ezechias]

Isaiah 38: 10 — 20

Thanksgiving for the grace of repentance

This is the song of King Hezekiah [Ezechias] during his critical illness and again during the time of his recovery. It falls logically into two parts: 1. description of the sickness; 2. thanksgiving for recovery.
For us it is a prayer of repentance: our sickness is a disease of the soul, sin, from which we beg God to heal us. Our thanksgiving is the grace of repentance.

Sickness — Sin

Once I said, “In the noontime of life I must depart to the gates of the nether world. I am bereft of the rest of my years”.

I said, “I shall see the Lord no more in the land of the living. The Lord keeps me; and so we will sing my psalms all the days of our life in the house of the Lord”.

No longer shall I behold my fellow men among those who dwell in the world”.

My dwelling, like a shepherd’s tent, is struck down and borne away from me.

I fold up my life like a weaver; he cuts me off from the thread. Day and night you give me over to torment.

I cry out until the dawn. Like a lion he breaks all my bones; day and night you give me over to torment.

Like a swallow I utter shrill cries; I moan like a dove.

My eyes grow weak, gazing heavenward: O Lord I am in straits; be my surety! —

 

Redemption

What shall I say? For he has told me and he has done it! I shall go on through all my years despite the bitterness of my soul.

Those live whom the Lord protects, and among them my life will go on: You have healed me and kept me alive!

Thus is my bitterness transformed into salvation. You have preserved my life from the pit of destruction when you cast behind you all my sins.

For it is not the nether world that gives you thanks, nor death that praises you; neither do those who go down into the pit await your kindness.

The living, the living give you thanks, as I do today: fathers declare to their sons your faithfulness.

The Lord keeps me; and so we will sing my psalms, all the days of our life in the house of the Lord.

 

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
   
       

Monday

“I am the beginning, I who speak with you.”

Tuesday

For one is your Master, who is in heaven, Christ the Lord.

Wednesday

Behold we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to be crucified.

Thursday

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

Friday

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.

 

       

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

For one is your Master, who is in heaven, Christ the Lord.

 
 

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

 
 
 

Be moved, O Lord, by our supplications, and heal the weaknesses of our souls, that having received the forgiveness of our sins, we may always rejoice in Your blessing. 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