Electronic Prayer Book

Wednesday 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 50 [51]

An act of Contrition
 

Have mercy on me, O God according to your mercy; according to your great clemency blot out my iniquity.

Wash me completely from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my iniquity, and my sin is always before me.

“Against you only have I sinned, and I have done what is evil in your sight”,

This I confess, that you may be known to be just in your sentence, right in your judgment.

Indeed, in guilt I was born, and in sin my mother conceived me; #

Behold, I was born in guilt, and my mother conceived me in sin.

 

Indeed, in guilt I was born, and in sin my mother conceived me; #

Behold, I was born in guilt, and my mother conceived me in sin.

 

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.

 

# A first dawning of the basic Christian doctrine of original sin, which was not clearly revealed before the time of Christ.

See Romans 5: 12—19 and Ephesians 2: 3.

 
 

Reading — Genesis 3: 1 — 10

 
 
 

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Why did God say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?” The woman answered the serpent, “Of the fruit of all the trees in the garden we may eat; but ‘Of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden,’ God said, ‘you shall not eat neither shall you touch it, lest you die’.” But the serpent said to the woman, “No, you shall not die; for God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good and evil.” Now the woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and appetizing in appearance. She took of its fruit and ate it, and also gave some to her husband and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened.

And they realised that they were naked; so they sewed fig-leaves together and made them-selves coverings. When they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, Adam and his wife hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid.”

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn as a Prayer

As holy custom has taught us, let us keep this well-known fast of forty days.

Moses and Isaiah originally revealed this period of forty days and in later times Christ the King, the king and maker of all seasons, hallowed it.

Therefore let us give less time to talking, eating, drinking, sleeping and amusing ourselves and show a greater vigilance in our way of life.

But let us avoid sin, for it undermines the unreflecting soul; let us yield no ground before our cunning foe’s tyrannical demands.

Let us appease God’s avenging wrath, beg for mercy before our Judge, call upon him in suppliant entreaty; let all of us most humbly offer this prayer.

 

Our sins have offended Your divine mercy. Yet pour out on us from heaven the grace of pardon for You are the forgiver of all sins.

Remember that fallen though we are, we are Your handiwork. Do not, we beg You, give another the honour that is due to Your name.

Pardon the evil we have done. Give in even greater measure the grace we ask for, so that at last it may come about that we are pleasing to You in this life and in the next.”

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.

 
 
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

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

 
 

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.

 

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