The First Sunday in Lent 2016

Masses this week

Sunday 14th February – 1st Sunday in Lent (V): Solemn Mass at 6.00pm
Monday 15th February – SS Faustinus and Jovita, Mm (R): Mass at 7.30pm
Tuesday 16th February – Lenten Feria (V): Mass at 7.30pm
Wednesday 17th February – Lenten Feria (V): Mass at 7.30pm
Thursday 18th February – S Simeon, Bp & M (R), S Mary-Bernard Soubrious, V: Mass at 6.00pm
Friday 19th February – Lenten Feria (V): Mass at 7.30pm
Saturday 20th February – Lenten Feria (V): Mass at 6.00pm

All Masses are offered according to the Missale Romanum of 1962

Introit (Ps 90:15-16)

He shall cry to me, and I will hear him: I will deliver him, and I will glorify him: I will fill him with length of days. (Ps 90:1) He that dwelleth in the aid of the Most High: shall abide under the protection of the God of Heaven. Glory be… He shall cry…

Collect

O God, who dost purify Thy Church by the yearly observance of Lent: grant to Thy household, that what we strive to obtain from Thee by abstinence, we may achieve by good works. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ…

Epistle (II Corinthians 6: 1-10)

Brethren, we helping do exhort you, that you receive not the grace of God in vain. For he saith: In an accepted time have I heard thee; and in the day of salvation have I helped thee. Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. Giving no offence to any man, that our ministry be not blamed: But in all things let us exhibit ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in tribulation, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in prisons, in seditions, in labours, in watchings, in fastings, in chastity, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in sweetness, in the Holy Ghost, in charity unfeigned, in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the armour of justice on the right hand and on the left; By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastised, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as needy, yet enriching many; as having nothing, and possessing all things.

Gradual (Ps 90: 11-12)

God hath given His Angels charge over thee, to keep the in all thy ways. In their hands they shall bear thee up, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Tract (Ps 90:1-7, 11-16)

He that dwelleth in the aid of the most High, shall abide under the protection of the God of Jacob. He shall say to the Lord: Thou art my protector, and my refuge: my God, in him will I trust. For he hath delivered me from the snare of the hunters: and from the sharp word. He will overshadow thee with his shoulders: and under his wings thou shalt trust. His truth shall compass thee with a shield: thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night. Of the arrow that flieth in the day, of the business that walketh about in the dark: of invasion, or of the noonday devil. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand: but it shall not come nigh thee.

For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways. In their hands they shall bear thee up: lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt walk upon the asp and the basilisk: and thou shalt trample under foot the lion and the dragon. Because he hoped in me I will deliver him: I will protect him because he hath known my name. He shall cry to me, and I will hear him: I am with him in tribulation, I will deliver him, and I will glorify him. I will fill him with length of days; and I will show him my salvation.

 Gospel (Matthew 4:1-11)

Christ Tempted in the WildernessAt that time, Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry. And the tempter coming said to him: If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. Who answered and said: It is written, Not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God. Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and set him upon the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him: If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down, for it is written: That he hath given his angels charge over thee, and in their hands shall they bear thee up, lest perhaps thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said to him: It is written again: Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again the devil took him up into a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, And said to him: All these will I give thee, if falling down thou wilt adore me. Then Jesus saith to him: Begone, Satan: for it is written, The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil left him; and behold angels came and ministered to him.Creed

Offertory (Ps 90:4-5)

The Lord will overshadow thee with His shoulders, and under His wings thou shalt trust: His truth shall compass thee with a shield.

Secret

We solemnly offer to Thee, O Lord, the sacrifice of the beginning of Lent, beseeching Thee: that while we restrain our carnal feasting, we may abstain also from harmful pleasures. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

Preface of Lent

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to Thee, O Holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God: Who by this bodily fast dost curb our vices, dost lift up our minds, and bestow upon us strength and rewards; through Christ Our Lord. Through Whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chrous unite to celebrate it. Together with these we entreat Thee that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted while we say with lowly praise:Sanctus

Communion (Ps 90:4-5)

He will overshadow thee with his shoulders: and under his wings thou shalt trust. His truth shall compass thee with a shield: thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night.

Postcommunion

May the holy reception of Thy Sacrament, O Lord, refresh us, that cleansing us from our old life, it may make us to pass into the fellowship of the saving Mystery.  Through Our Lord Jesus Christ…


Prayers After Mass

Until Maundy Thursday, following the Prayer for the Queen and the recitation three times of the Ave! Maria, the Ave, Regina Caelorum is recited, followed by the Prayer to St Michael:

Ave, Regina caelorum!
Ave, Domina angelorum!
Salve radix, salve porta
Ex qua mundo lux est orta.

Gaude, Virgo gloriosa,
Super omnes speciosa.
Vale, O valde decora!
Et pro nobis Christum exora.

V. Dignare me laudare te, Virgo sacrata.
R. Da mihi virtutem contra hostes tuos.

Oremus.
Concede, misericors Deus, fragilitati nostrae praesidium; ut qui sanctae Dei Genitricis memoriam agimus, intercessionis ejus auxilio a nostris iniquitatibus resurgamus. Per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum.

R. Amen.


Thought for the Week

Christ willed to be tempted:

That He might assist us against our own temptations. St. Gregory says, ” That our Redeemer, who had come on earth to be killed, should will to be tempted was not unworthy of Him. It was indeed but just that he should overcome our temptations by His own, in the same way that He had come to overcome our death by His death.”

To warn us that no man, however holy he be, should think himself safe and free from temptation. Whence again His choosing to be tempted after His baptism, about which St. Hilary says, “The devil’s wiles are especially directed to trap us at times when we have recently been made holy, because the devil desires no victory so much as a victory over the world of grace.” Whence too, the scripture warns us, Son, when thou comest to the service of God, stand in justice and in fear, and prepare thy soul for temptation (Ecclus. ii. i).

To give us an example how we should over come the temptations of the devil, St. Augustine says, “Christ gave Himself to the devil to be tempted, that in the matter of our overcoming those same temptations He might be of service not only by His help but by His example too.”

To fill and saturate our minds with confidence in His mercy. For we have not a high-priest who cannot have compassion on our infirmities, but one tempted in all things, like as we are, without sin (Heb. iv. 15).

—St Thomas Aquinas, Meditations for the Days of Lent


As we embark on this Holy Season of Lent, let us all remember in our prayers those who are suffering or who have died as a result of terrorist atrocities throughout the world; especially those who are suffering, both Christian and Muslim, in Syria and Iraq at the hands of the D’aesh terrorists and their murderous mediæval ideology.

Let us also pray that through our Lenten observance we may be drawn ever closer to God, His Blessed Mother and all His Holy Saints.

‡ Peter.


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