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Monday, March 30, 2020

Lenten Weekday

 

Those gathered begin with the Sign of the Cross, saying:

With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5b and 7a, 7bc

 

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord;

  Lord, hear my voice!

Let your ears be attentive

  to my voice in supplication.

 

If you, O Lord, mark our iniquities,

  Lord, who can stand?

But with you is forgiveness,

  that you may be revered.

 

I trust in the Lord;

  my soul trusts in his word.

My soul waits for the Lord

  more than sentinels wait for the dawn.

Let Israel wait for the Lord.

 

For with the Lord is kindness,

  and with him is plenteous redemption.

 

Reading

John 8:3-11

 

The scribes and the Pharisees brought [to Jesus] a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?" They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" She replied, "No one, sir." Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more."

 

Reflection

 

The story of the woman caught in adultery has made its way in public discourse, not because of the details surrounding her actions, but because of the words of Jesus. "Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone." These words have been applied in any number of situations to express the fact that none of us is perfect and so have no right to condemn others. The action of Jesus clearly shows that the mercy of God is greater than our self-righteousness and more redemptive than human judgements.

 

Prayers others may be added

 

Hear our cry for mercy, O Lord:

 

◆◆ Faithful Lord, hear our prayer.

 

For all those who are unjustly condemned and mocked by others, we pray: ◆

For victims of violence, and for perpetrators who need to repent, we pray: ◆

For those who live with injuries suffered in the line of duty, we pray: ◆

For those who have recently received a diagnosis of cancer, we pray: ◆

 

Leader:

 

Gathering these and all unspoken prayers into one,

we pray as Jesus taught us.

 

Our Father . . .

 

 

We beseech you, O God,

to set free from their sins

all those who seek your forgiveness.

In these days of penitence,

grant us the grace to forgive those

   who have sinned against us.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns for ever

   and ever.

Amen.

 

 

Making the Sign of the Cross, all say:

With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

PRAYER OF ST. AMBROSE

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all,
take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me
the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore Thee,
a heart to delight in Thee,
to follow and enjoy Thee, for Christ's sake,

 

Amen


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