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Tuesday 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.

  • The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear?
    To You my heart speaks; You my glance seeks;
    Your presence, O Lord, I seek. Hide not Your face from me.
  • When I called upon the Lord, He heard my voice from those who war against me.
    Cast your care upon the Lord, and He will support you.
  • Have mercy on me, O Lord, in the greatness of Your compassion; O Lord, wipe out my offence.

From Psalm 95 [96]

Let All Praise the Lord

Sing to the Lord a new song, sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord, bless his name, proclaim his salvation day after day.

Declare his glory among the nations, his wonders among the peoples.

For great is the Lord and highly to be praised, to be feared above all the gods.


For all the gods of the heathen are vain idols; but the Lord made the heavens.

Majesty and beauty are before him; power and splendour are in his sanctuary.


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 23: 1 — 12


At that time, Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The Scribes and Pharisees have sat on the chair of Moses. All things, therefore, that they command you, observe and do. But do not act according to their works; for they talk but do nothing. And they bind together heavy and oppressive burdens, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but not with one finger of their own do they choose to move them. In fact, all their works they do in order to be seen by men; for they widen their phylacteries, and enlarge their tassels, and love the first places at suppers and the front seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the market place, and to be called ‘Rabbi’. But do not you be called ‘Rabbi’; for one is your Master, and all you are brothers. And call no-one on earth your father; for one is your Father, Who is in heaven. Neither be called masters; for one only is your Master, the Christ. He who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

Hymn as a Prayer

Bounteous Creator, hear the prayers of repentance we offer You during the holy fast of forty days.

Loving searcher of our heart, You know how feeble our strength is; give those who return to You the grace of pardon.

We have sinned much, but spare us who confess our guilt; for Your name’s honour bring healing remedy to the sick.


Grant that our body be brought into subjection by fasting, that our hearts, free of sin, leave untouched anything that feeds sin.

Blessed Trinity and undivided Unity, grant that the sacrifice of the fast may be fruitful to Your servants. 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.


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


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.





Mercifully perfect within us, we implore You, O Lord, the support of Your holy observance; that what, by Your instruction, we know we are to do, we may be enabled to accomplish by Your assistance. 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