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Thursday Morning

 

Septuagesima

 
 

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.

 

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.

 
 
 
 
  • Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.
    I said: O Lord, have mercy on me.
    Be my helper, forsake me not. Despise me not, O God, my Saviour.
 
  • I will bless the Lord at all times.
    His praise shall be ever in my mouth.
    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    In verdant pastures He gives me repose.
 
  • I have called out with all my heart; Answer me, O Lord. I will observe Your statutes. Lord cleanse me from my unknown faults. And from those of others spare your servant.
 
 

From Psalm 61 [62]

Trust In God.
 

In God alone is my soul at rest, from him comes my salvation.

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my defense: in no wise shall I waver.

How long will you rush upon a man, to overthrow him, all of you like a leaning wall of a house, or a tottering wall of a city.

Truly, they plot to hurl me from my high place, they delight in lies; They bless with their mouth, and they curse in their heart.

In God alone be at rest, O my soul, for my hope comes from him.

 

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my defense: I shall not waver.

God alone possesses my salvation, and my glory, the rock of my strength: my refuge is in God.

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts before him: God is our refuge!

 

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 ▬ Genesis 4: 1 — 9

 
 
 

Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have given birth to a man-child with the help of the Lord.” Later, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of flocks and Cain a tiller of the soil. In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground. Abel also brought some of the firstlings of his flock with their fat portions. The Lord was pleased with Abel and of his offerings; but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. Cain was very angry and downcast. The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry and why are you downcast?” If you do well, will you not be accepted; but if you do not do well, will not sin crouch at your door! Its desire is for you, but you must master it.”

Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out into the field.” Now when they were in the field Cain turned against his brother Abel and slew him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He answered, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

 
 

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 begins to blossom. And when Your right hand has led us back to the way, we may 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.

 
 
Antiphon
   
       

Monday

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has visited and delivered us

Tuesday

The Lord has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of David His servant.

Wednesday

From the hands of all our enemies the Lord has delivered us

Thursday

In holiness let us serve the Lord, and He will deliver us from our enemies.

Friday

Because of the compassionate kindness of our God, the Orient from on high has visited us.

       

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.

 
Antiphon

In holiness let us serve the Lord, and He will deliver us from our enemies.

 
 

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

 
 
 

Graciously hear the prayers of Your people, we implore You, O Lord, who are justly punished for our sins, may be mercifully delivered for the glory of Your name.  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 Advent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection