N014 – 3rd Sunday in Lent

3rd Sunday in Lent

Collect: We beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy majesty, to be our defense against all our enemies. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, etc.

The Introit. Ps. 25:14-15. (v 23-26) (Oculi mei) Mine eyes are ever looking unto the Lord: for he shall pluck my feet out of the net: turn thee unto me and have mercy upon me, for I am desolate and in misery. Ps. 25:1. Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul: my God, in thee have I trusted, let me not be confounded.

The Epistle: Ephesians 5:1-9. (Christians are to “walk in love,” which necessarily means that sin must be avoided. And not just sin as a concept, but sin as a reality of wrong choices made. Specific examples of such are named, much to our discomfort and shame. However, the grace of God is greater than any sin and thereby Christians can “walk as children of light.”)

Gradual Ps. 9:19-20. Up, Lord, and let not man have the upper hand: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. While mine enemies are driven back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.

Tract. Ps.123:1-3.

  • Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens..
  • Behold, even as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress: even so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until he have me upon us.
  • Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us.

The Gospel. St. Luke 11:14-28 (Christ casts out devils by His power as Son of God and thereby shows another sign that the Kingdom of God has come. We each have a clear choice, either to be with Him or not. He will without doubt strengthen and keep those who choose to be with Him.)

Offertory. Ps. 19:8, 10. The statutes of the Lord are right and rejoice the heart, sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb: moreover thy servant keepeth them.  

Communion. Ps. 84:3-4. The sparrow hath found her an house, and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young: even thy altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be always praising thee.

 At the Divine Office

The Old Testament lessons in the Daily Office for the week to come are set out below:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Matins Gen. 37:3-28, 36 Gen. 40 Gen. 41:1a,8,14-24 Gen. 41:25-40 Gen. 42:1-26,29a,35-38 Gen. 43:1-5,11-16,26-34
Vespers Jer. 7:1-15 Jer. 7:21-29 Jer. 8:4-13 Jer. 9:2-16 Jer. 9:17-24 Jer. 10:1-13

               

Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

At 1st  Vespers: But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.

At Matins: When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, all his goods are in peace.

At 2nd Vespers: A certain woman of the company lifted up her voice and cried, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But Jesus answered, Yea, rather, blessed are thy that hear the word of God, and keep it.

N015 – 4th Sunday in Lent

4th Sunday in Lent

Laetare Sunday

The Collect: Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy grace may be mercifully relieved. Through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who, etc.

The Introit. Isaiah 66:10-11 (v 23-26) (Laetare) Rejoice, O Jerusalem, and come together, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that have mourned: that ye may be glad and be satisfied with the breasts of your consolation. Ps. 122:1. I was glad when they said unto me: We will go into the house of the Lord.(v 1) I was glad when they said unto me:I                    

The Epistle: Galatians 4:22-31

Gradual Ps. 122:1,7. I was glad when they said unto me: We will go into the house of the Lord. Peace be within thy walls, and plenteousness within thy palaces.                        

Tract. Ps. 125:1-2.  They that put their trust in the Lord shall be even as the mount Sion: which may not be removed but standeth fast for ever. The hills stand about Jerusalem: even so standeth the Lord round about his people, from this time forth for evermore.

The Gospel. St. John 6:1-15

Offertory. Ps. 135:3,6 O praise the Lord, for the Lord is gracious: O sing praises unto his Name, for he is lovely: whatsoever he pleased, that did he in heaven and in earth.

Communion. Ps. 122:3-4. Jerusalem is built as a city that is at unity with itself: for thither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord, to give thanks unto thy Name, O Lord.  

At the Divine Office

The Old Testament lessons in the Daily Office for the week to come are set out below:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Matins Gen. 44 Gen. 45 Gen. 47:29-31 & 48:8-20 Gen. 49:33 -50:26 Exod. 1:8-14, 22 Exod. 2:1-22
Vespers Jer. 13:15 Jer. 14:1-10 Jer. 15:1-9 Jer. 15:10 Jer. 16:5-13 Jer. 17:5-14

Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

At 1st  Vespers: Woman, hath no man condemned thee? No man, Lord. Neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more.

At Matins: When Jesus lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip: Whence shall we buy bread that these may eat? And this he said to prove him; for he himself knew what he would do.

At 2nd Vespers: And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.

N015 – 4th Sunday in Lent

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4th Sunday in Lent

Laetare Sunday

The Collect: Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy grace may be mercifully relieved. Through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who, etc.

The Introit. Isaiah 66:10-11 (v 23-26) (Laetare) Rejoice, O Jerusalem, and come together, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that have mourned: that ye may be glad and be satisfied with the breasts of your consolation. Ps. 122:1. I was glad when they said unto me: We will go into the house of the Lord.(v 1) I was glad when they said unto me:I                    

The Epistle: Galatians 4:22-31

Gradual Ps. 122:1,7. I was glad when they said unto me: We will go into the house of the Lord. Peace be within thy walls, and plenteousness within thy palaces.                        

Tract. Ps. 125:1-2.  They that put their trust in the Lord shall be even as the mount Sion: which may not be removed but standeth fast for ever. The hills stand about Jerusalem: even so standeth the Lord round about his people, from this time forth for evermore.

The Gospel. St. John 6:1-15

Offertory. Ps. 135:3,6 O praise the Lord, for the Lord is gracious: O sing praises unto his Name, for he is lovely: whatsoever he pleased, that did he in heaven and in earth.

Communion. Ps. 122:3-4. Jerusalem is built as a city that is at unity with itself: for thither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord, to give thanks unto thy Name, O Lord.  

At the Divine Office

The Old Testament lessons in the Daily Office for the week to come are set out below:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Matins Gen. 44 Gen. 45 Gen. 47:29-31 & 48:8-20 Gen. 49:33 -50:26 Exod. 1:8-14, 22 Exod. 2:1-22
Vespers Jer. 13:15 Jer. 14:1-10 Jer. 15:1-9 Jer. 15:10 Jer. 16:5-13 Jer. 17:5-14

 

 

Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

At 1st  Vespers: Woman, hath no man condemned thee? No man, Lord. Neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more.

At Matins: When Jesus lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip: Whence shall we buy bread that these may eat? And this he said to prove him; for he himself knew what he would do.

At 2nd Vespers: And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.

N014 – Third Sunday in Lent

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3rd Sunday in Lent

Collect: We beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy majesty, to be our defense against all our enemies. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, etc.

The Introit. Ps. 25:14-15. (v 23-26) (Oculi mei) Mine eyes are ever looking unto the Lord: for he shall pluck my feet out of the net: turn thee unto me and have mercy upon me, for I am desolate and in misery. Ps. 25:1. Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul: my God, in thee have I trusted, let me not be confounded.

The Epistle: Ephesians 5:1-9. (Christians are to “walk in love,” which necessarily means that sin must be avoided. And not just sin as a concept, but sin as a reality of wrong choices made. Specific examples of such are named, much to our discomfort and shame. However, the grace of God is greater than any sin and thereby Christians can “walk as children of light.”)

Gradual Ps. 9:19-20. Up, Lord, and let not man have the upper hand: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. While mine enemies are driven back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.

Tract. Ps.123:1-3.

  • Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens..
  • Behold, even as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress: even so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until he have me upon us.
  • Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us.

The Gospel. St. Luke 11:14-28 (Christ casts out devils by His power as Son of God and thereby shows another sign that the Kingdom of God has come. We each have a clear choice, either to be with Him or not. He will without doubt strengthen and keep those who choose to be with Him.)

Offertory. Ps. 19:8, 10. The statutes of the Lord are right and rejoice the heart, sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb: moreover thy servant keepeth them.  

Communion. Ps. 84:3-4. The sparrow hath found her an house, and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young: even thy altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be always praising thee.

 At the Divine Office

The Old Testament lessons in the Daily Office for the week to come are set out below:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Matins Gen. 37:3-28, 36 Gen. 40 Gen. 41:1a,8,14-24 Gen. 41:25-40 Gen. 42:1-26,29a,35-38 Gen. 43:1-5,11-16,26-34
Vespers Jer. 7:1-15 Jer. 7:21-29 Jer. 8:4-13 Jer. 9:2-16 Jer. 9:17-24 Jer. 10:1-13

               

Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

At 1st  Vespers: But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.

At Matins: When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, all his goods are in peace.

At 2nd Vespers: A certain woman of the company lifted up her voice and cried, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But Jesus answered, Yea, rather, blessed are thy that hear the word of God, and keep it.

T05 – Psalm 119 – A Guide for the Lenten Journey

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This is the 5th in a series of podcasts examining Psalm 119 through the perspective of Holy Orthodox and Catholic Church. It is based on John Mason Neale’ s four volume work, A Commentary on the Psalms. A pdf file of the transcript is available on the Transcript Channel.

T04 – Psalm 119 – A Tool for the Lenten Journey

This is the 4th in a series of podcasts examining Psalm 119 through the perspective of Holy Orthodox and Catholic Church. It is based on John Mason Neale’ s four volume work, A Commentary on the Psalms. A pdf file of the transcript is available on the Transcript Channel.

T05 – Psalm 119 – A Guide for the Lenten Journey

This is the 5th in a series of podcasts examining Psalm 119 through the perspective of Holy Orthodox and Catholic Church. It is based on John Mason Neale’ s four volume work, A Commentary on the Psalms. A pdf file of the transcript is available on the Transcript Channel.

T04 – Psalm 119 – A Tool for the Lenten Journey

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This is the 4th in a series of podcasts examining Psalm 119 through the perspective of Holy Orthodox and Catholic Church. It is based on John Mason Neale’ s four volume work, A Commentary on the Psalms. A pdf file of the transcript is available on the Transcript Channel.

N013 – 2nd Sunday of Lent

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 The Introit. Ps. 25:5-6. (v 23-26) (Reminiscere) Call to remembrance thy tender mercies, O Lord, and thy loving kindnesses which have been ever of old: O let not our enemies triumph over us: deliver us, O God of Israel out of all our troubles. Ps. 25:1. Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul: my God, in thee have I trusted, let me not be confounded.

Collect: Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord Who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle: I Thessalonians 4:1-7.

Gradual Ps. 25:16-17. The sorrows of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my troubles, O Lord. Look upon my adversity and misery: and forgive me all my sin.

Tract. Ps.106:1-4.

  • O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious * and his mercy endureth for ever.
  • Who can express the noble acts of the Lord * or show forth all his praise?
  • Blessed are they that always keep judgement * and do righteousness.
  • Remember us, O Lord, according to the favour that thou barest unto thy people * O visit us with thy salvation.

The Gospel. St. Matthew 15:21-28

Offertory. Ps. 119:47-48. My delight shall be in thy commandments, which I have loved exceedingly: my hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments which I have loved.

Communion. Ps. 5:1-2. Consider my meditation: O hearken thou unto the voice of my calling, my King and my God: for unto thee will I make my prayer, O Lord.

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Through the Week

            The Old Testament lessons in the Daily Office for the week to come are set out below:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Matins Gen. 27:1-29 Gen. 27:30-40 Gen. 27:46 – 28:4,10-22 Gen. 29:1-13, 18-20 Gen. 32:22-31 Gen. 35:1-7, 16-20
Vespers Jer. 4:23 Jer. 5:1-9 Jer. 5:10-19 Jer. 5:20 Jer. 6:1-8 Jer. 6:9-21

N012 – 1st Sunday of Lent

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1st Sunday of Lent

Collect: O Lord, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who lives and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Introit. Ps. 91:15-16. (v 23-26) (Invocabit me) He shall call on me and I will hear him: I will deliver him and bring him to honour: with long life will I satisfy him. Ps. 91:1. Whoso dwelleth under the defence of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

The Epistle: 2nd Corinthians 6:1-10. (St Paul courageously tells us how much struggle and danger lies ahead of us if we choose to truly follow Christ. We will undoubtedly suffer both physical injuries and spiritual assault. However, “we have nothing, and yet possess all things”)

Gradual Ps. 91:11-12. God shall give his Angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee in their hands, that thou hurt not thy foot against a stone.

Tract. Ps.91:1-16.

  • Whoso dwelleth under the defence of the most High * shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
  • I will say unto the Lord, Thou art my hope, and my stronghold * my God, in him will I trust.
  • For he shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter * and from the noisome pestilence.
  • He shall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be safe under his feathers * his faithfulness and truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
  • Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night * nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
  • For the pestilence that walketh in darkness * nor for the sickness that destroyeth in the noon-day.
  • A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand at thy right hand * but it shall not come nigh thee.
  • Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou behold * and see the reward of the ungodly.
  • For thou, Lord, art my hope * thou hast set thine house of defence very high.
  • There shall no evil happen unto thee * neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
  • For he shall give his angels charge over thee * to keep thee in all thy ways.
  • They shall bear thee in their hands * that thou hurt not thy foot against a stone.
  • Thou shalt go upon the lion and adder * the young lion and the dragon shalt thou tread under thy feet.
  • Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him * I will set him up, because he hath known my Name.
  • He shall call upon me, and I will hear him * yea, I am with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and bring him to honour.
  • With long life will I satisfy him * and shew him my salvation.

The Gospel. St. Matthew 4:1-11(This is the familiar account of Jesus’s 40 day fast in the desert and then then three great temptations presented by the devil. Jesus, however, firmly refuses the devil.)

Offertory & Communion. Ps. 91:4 The Lord shall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be safe under his feathers: his faithfulness and truth shall be thy shield and buckler

At the Divine Office – Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

            The Old Testament lessons in the Daily Office are a bit more complex than usual because Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of this week are Emberdays. The lessons are set out below:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Matins Gen. 24:1-27 Gen. 24:28-67 Ezek. 2 Gen. 25:28 Ezek. 34:1-16 Ezek. 34:17-31
Vespers Jer. 3:19 Jer. 4:1-9 Ezek. 3:16 Jer. 4:11-22 Ezek. 37:1-14 Ezek. 37:21b

            Also, at Mass during the week in Lent, each Mass has its own proper Epistle and Gospel. As noted earlier, the alleluia is replaced by the more solemn tract. Also, at the end of the Mass there is added a special prayer called the Oratio supra Populum (Prayer over the People). This prayer is said by the Celebrant asking God for His special blessing on the people present who are about to return to the world wherein their spiritual combat is waged against the world, the flesh and the devil.

At 1st  Vespers: Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer: thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here am I.

At Matins: Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil: and when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

At 2nd Vespers: Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation: let us therefore in all thing approve ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in watchings, in fastings, and by love unfeigned.

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