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Wednesday 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.

 
 
 
 
  • Wash me yet more, O Lord, from my injustice.
 
  • Our transgressions You will pardon,
    O God
  • My heart exhults in the Lord, who humbles and exults.
 
  • In the integrity of my heart I will walk,
    O Lord.
  • O my soul, praise the Lord, who raises up those that were bowed down, and loves the just.
 
 

From Psalm 128 [129]

Oppressed but Never Conquered
 

Greatly have they oppressed me from my youth, let Israel now say:

Greatly have they oppressed me from my youth, but they have not conquered me.

The ploughman ploughed upon my back, they made their furrows long.

But the just Lord has cut the cords of the wicked.

Let them be put to shame and fall back all who hate Zion.

 

Let them be as the grass on the housetops, which withers before it is plucked up;

Wherewith the reaper fills not his hand, nor the binder of sheaves his bosom.

Nor do they who pass by, say “The blessing of the Lord be upon you!” “We bless you in the name 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.

 
 

Reading — Esther 13: 8 —11 and 15 — 17

 
 
 

In those days, Mordochai (Mardochai) prayed to the Lord saying, “O Lord, Lord, almighty King, for all things are in Your power, and there is none that can resist Your will, if You determine to save Israel. You have made heaven and earth, and all things that are under the cope of heaven. You are Lord of all, and there is none that can resist Your Majesty. And now, O Lord, O King, O God of Abraham, have mercy on Your people, because our enemies resolve to destroy us, and extinguish Your inheritance. Despise not Your portion, which You have redeemed for Yourself out of Egypt. Hear my supplication, and be merciful to Your lot and inheritance, and turn our mourning into joy, that we may live and praise Your name, O Lord, and shut not the mouths of those who sing to You, O Lord our God.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

From the Canticle of Hannah [Anna]

1 Kings 2: 1 — 10

Holiness and justice of the Lord.

Hannah [Anna], wife of Elcana, by the grace of God, gave birth to the great Prophet Samuel, after she had been barren all her life. In gratitude her soul bursts forth in this canticle of praise. Her song resembles somewhat Mary’s hymn of praise.

My heart exults the Lord, my horn is exalted in my God…

There is no one holy as the Lord; indeed there is no other besides you, nor is there a rock like our God.

Speak boastfully no longer, nor let arrogance issue from your mouths.

For an all-knowing God is the Lord, and by him deeds are set in order.

The bows of the mighty are broken, while the weak are girded with strength…

 

For not by his own strength does man prevail: the Lord will shatter his foes. —

The most high in heaven thunders, the Lord judges the ends of the earth.

Now may he give strength to his King, and exalt the horn of His Anointed.

 

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

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

 
 

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, the restorer and lover of innocence, draw the hearts of Your servants toward Yourself, that being inflamed with the ardour of Your spirit, they may be found both steadfast in faith and fruitful in works. 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