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Wednesday 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.

 
 
 
 
  • Have mercy on me, O God, and of my sin cleanse me; for against You only have I sinned.
 
  • I will give thanks to You, for You have answered me.

 

  • Blessed are You in the firmament of heaven, and praiseworthy forever, O our God.
 
  • O God, my God, I long for You at break of day, because You are my helper.

 

  • Praise the Lord from the heavens.
 
 

From Psalm 129 [130]

Prayer for pardon and mercy.
 

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice!

Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.

If you should remember sins, O Lord, who could bear it?

But with you is forgiveness, that you may be served with reverence.

I hope in the Lord; my soul hopes in his word;

My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchman for the dawn.

 

More than watchman for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord, For with the Lord is mercy and with him plenteous redemption:

And he shall redeem Israel from all its sins.

 

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 3: 11 — 20

 
 
 

Then God said, “Who told you that you were naked? You have eaten then of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat.” Adam said, “The woman you placed at my side gave me fruit from the tree and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “Why have you done this?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me and I ate.”

Then the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals, and among all beasts of the field; on your belly shall you crawl, dust shall you eat, all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed; she shall crush your head, and you shall lie in wait for her heel.” To the woman he said: “I will make great your distress in childbearing; in pain shall you bring forth children; for your husband shall be your longing, though he have dominion over you.” And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to your wife, and have eaten of the tree which I commanded you not to eat: Cursed be the ground because of you; in toil shall you eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to you, and you shall eat the plants of the field. In the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, since out of it you were taken; for dust you are and unto dust you shall return.” And Adam called his wife Eve because she was the mother of all the living.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

A Prayer from the Bible

From the Canticle of Hannah

1 Kings 2: 1 — 10

Holiness and justice of the Lord.

Hannah, 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.

 

V.    To His Angels God has given command about you.

R.    That they guard you in all your ways.

 
 

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

These last have worked a single hour, and you have put them on a level with us, who have borne the burden of the day’s heat.

Tuesday

But the householder said, “Friend, I do you no injustice; did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go.”

Wednesday

Take what is yours and go; for I am good” says the Lord.

Thursday

Have I not a right to do what I choose? Or are you envious because I am generous?” says the Lord.

Friday

The Lord has put down the mighty from their thrones and has exalted the lowly.

 
       

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

Take what is yours and go; for I am good” says 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

 
 
 

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