Monday, March 12, 2012

Third Week of Lent Daily Prayers

The 1962 liturgical books have propers for every day in Lent at Mass. The collect, or prayer is what the Church asks for all the faithful and is prayed at every hour of the Divine Office except Prime. They are so powerful I wanted to share them with you. Each of these makes for good meditation subjects throughout the day.

Pour forth in Thy mercy, O Lord, we beseech Thee, Thy grace into our hearts: that as we abstain from bodily food, so we may also restrain our senses from hurtful excesses. Through our Lord...
Graciously hear us, O almighty and merciful God: and in Thy loving kindness grant to us the fruits of wholesome temperance. Through our Lord...
We beseech Thee, O Lord, grant us that taught by wholesome fasting, and abstaining from harmful vices, we may the more easily obtain Thy pardon. Through our Lord...
May the blessed solemnity of Thy Saints Cosmas and Damian glorify Thee, O Lord: whereby Thou hast, in Thine ineffable providence, given to them everlasting glory and to us Thine aid. Through our Lord...
We beseech Thee, O Lord, bless our fasts with Thy gracious favor: that as in body we abstain from food, so we may fast from sin in mind. Through our Lord...
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that Thy household, in mortifying the flesh by fasting from food, may follow after justice by abstaining from sins. Through our Lord...
Each day's prayer reminds us of the season and evokes different images in our minds. Even if I can't make it to daily Mass in the Extraordinary Form (or any other for that matter), I feel united with every Mass offered in the world when I pray these prayers and read all the other propers. The language reminds me of who I am and Who He is.


  1. Hi Barbara,

    During Lent, for those who are interested, my church is meeting at 7:30am for the Divine Office morning prayers. I've gone to a couple of them but it's challenging since I have to get my son to school by 7:45am. It was a bit confusing at first, but I do enjoy it so. It's a great way to start out my day!

  2. God bless you and may Lent continue to be fruitful!