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THE FORTH SUNDAY OF LENT

Home Prayer for Sunday

O God, come + to our aid.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

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.

Office Hymn

Jesus, the sun of ransomed earth,

Shed in our inmost souls thy light,

As in spring days a fairer birth

Heralds,  each morn, the doom of night.

This hour of grace thou dost impart;

Teach us with flowing tears the stain

To cleanse from every victim-heart

That longs to feel love’s welcome pain.

The day is come, the accepted day,

When grace, like nature, flowers anew;

Trained by thy hand the surer way

Rejoice we in our spring-time too.

Let the whole earth in worship bow,

Great God, before thy mercy-seat,

As we, renewed by grace, do now

With praises new thy presence greet.

The Psalm

The Canticle of Daniel

O all you works of the Lord, O bless the Lord..

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, angels of the Lord, O bless the Lord. 

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, the heavens of the Lord, O bless the Lord.

And you, clouds of the sky, O bless the Lord.

And you, all armies of the Lord, O bless the Lord.

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, sun and moon, O bless the Lord.

And you, the stars of the heav'ns, O bless the Lord.

And you, showers and rain, O bless the Lord.

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, all you breezes and winds, O bless the Lord..

And you, fire and heat, O bless the Lord.

And you, cold and heat, O bless the Lord.

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, showers and dew, O bless the Lord.

And you, frosts and cold, O bless the Lord.

And you, frost and snow, O bless the Lord.

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, night-time and day, O bless the Lord.

And you, darkness and light, O bless the Lord.

And you, lightning and clouds, O bless the Lord.

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

O let the earth bless the Lord..

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, mountains and hills, O bless the Lord.

And you, all plants of the earth, O bless the Lord.

And you, fountains and springs, O bless the Lord..

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, rivers and seas, O bless the Lord..

And you, creatures of the sea, O bless the Lord.

And you, every bird in the sky, O bless the Lord.

And you, wild beasts and tame, O bless the Lord.

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, children of men, O bless the Lord.

 To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

O Israel, bless the Lord. O bless the Lord..

And you, priests of the Lord, O bless the Lord.

And you, servants of the Lord, O bless the Lord..

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, spirits and souls of the just, O bless the Lord.

And you, holy and humble of heart, O bless the Lord.

Ananias, Azarias, Mizael, O bless the Lord..

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

Let us praise the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit: To you be highest glory and praise for ever.

May you be blessed, O Lord, in the heavens..

Short Reading   Nehemiah 8:9,10

The Gospel of the day could be read here.

This day is sacred to the Lord your God. Do not be mournful, do not weep. For this day is sacred to our Lord. Do not be sad: the joy of the Lord is your stronghold.

Short Responsory

Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us

You were wounded because of our sins.

Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us

 

 

The Gospel Canticle 

 

The Benedictus

Blessed be the Lord,+ the God of Israel! 

He has visited his people and redeemed them.

He has raised up for us a mighty saviour

in the house of David his servant,

as he promised by the lips of holy men,

those who were his prophets from of old.

A saviour who would free us from our foes,

from the hands of all who hate us.

So his love for our fathers is fulfilled

and his holy covenant remembered.

He swore to Abraham our father to grant us,

that free from fear, and saved from the hands of our foes, that we might serve him in holiness and justice 

all the days of our life in his presence.

As for you, little child,

you shall be called a prophet of God, the Most High.

You shall go ahead of the Lord 

to prepare his ways before him,

To make known to his people their salvation 

through forgiveness of all their sins,

the loving-kindness of the heart of our God

It who visits us like the dawn from on high.

He will give light to those in darkness,

those who dwell in the shadow of death,.

and guide us 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.

 

Prayers and Intercessions.

Other petitions may be added to those given.

 

Let us bless our Redeemer, who has brought us to this day of salvation.

Lord, create a new spirit within us.

Christ, our life, we were buried with you in baptism to rise from the dead;

lead us this day along the new path of life;

Lord, create a new spirit within us.

You went everywhere, Lord, doing good for everyone;

help us to care for the common good of all.

Lord, create a new spirit within us.

.Help us to work with other people to build the earthly city; but never let us lose sight of your heavenly kingdom.

Lord, create a new spirit within us.

Healer of souls and bodies, mend our broken lives;

let us receive all the blessings of your holiness.

Lord, create a new spirit within us.

A time of silent prayer may follow.

 

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.

The Prayer of the Sunday is then said.

Lord our God, your Son so loved the world

that he gave himself up to death for our sake.

Strengthen us by your grace,

and give us a heart willing to live by that same love.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen.

MAKING A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION.

Even if we cannot be at mass and receive Holy Communion, we can always make  a Spiritual Communion. God will always fill our hearts with his grace if we ask.

My Jesus, 
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Copyright © 1996-2020 Universalis Publishing Limited: see www.universalis.com. Scripture readings from the Jerusalem Bible are published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. Text of the Psalms: Copyright © 1963, The Grail (England). Used with permission of A.P. Watt Ltd.  All rights reserved. This service taken from the provisions for a Service of the Word in Common Worship. The Eucharust is always the Principal Service of the day