Electronic Prayer Book

Tuesday Evening

 

Septuagesima

 
 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

 

Opening

 

O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to my 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.

 
 
 
 
  • I love You, O Lord, my strength, O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.

    The terrors of death surged round me, the cords of the nether world enmeshed me. In my distress I called upon the Lord; from His holy temple He heard my voice

 
  • A stronghold in times of distress; they trust in You who cherish You; for You forsake not those who seek You, O Lord. For the needy shall not always be forgotten; nor shall the hope of the afflicted forever perish; rise, O Lord, let not men prevail.

 

  • It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praise to Your name, Most High.
 
  • Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the prayer of Your servant. If You, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand it? But with You is forgiveness, and by reason of Your law I have waited for You. O Lord.

 

  • Let Your face shine upon Your servant; save me in Your kindness. O Lord, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon You.
 
 

From Psalm 121 [122]

The Pilgrim’s greeting to Jerusalem.
 

I rejoiced when they said to me, “We will go to the house of the Lord.”

Our feet are even now standing within your gates O Jerusalem — Jerusalem, built as a city so compact, so complete.

To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, according to the law of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord.

There the thrones of judgment are set, the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! may they be safe who love you!

 

May peace be within your walls, security within your palaces!

For the sake of my brethren and my friends, I will exclaim: peace be with you!”

For the sake of the house of the Lord, our God, I will invoke blessings upon you.

 

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 2: 21 — 24

 
 
 

The Lord God cast Adam into a deep sleep and while he slept, took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib which the Lord God took from Adam, he made into a woman, and brought her to him. Then Adam said, “She is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, for from man she has been taken.” For this reason man leaves his father and mother, and clings to his wife, and the two become one flesh.

 
 

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

“What you have done for one of these, the least of my brethren, you have done for me,” says the Lord.

Tuesday

For it is written that “My house is a house of prayer for all peoples; but you have made it a den of thieves.” And He was teaching daily in the temple.

Wednesday

Even as Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth.

Thursday

O woman, great is your faith; your petition is granted.

Friday

 He who made me well said to me, “Take up your pallet and walk in peace”.

 

       

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 it is written that “My house is a house of prayer for all peoples; but you have made it a den of thieves.” And He was teaching daily in the temple.

 
 

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 Lent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection