The hymn we share on this Third Sunday of Lent - chanted for Lauds - calls to mind the Gospel read yesterday: the Prodigal Son. The son reminds us of the attitude we are to have before God: one of complete repentance and acknowledgment of our sins, begging for mercy before the Lord's throne. The father in the parable is meant to remind us of God the Father, Who, when we come to Him with a humble and contrite heart, runs to meet us with open arms , ready to embrace us and pour out His love upon. All we have to do is to return Him completely.
During this Third Week of Lent, let us, together, turn to the Lord with our whole heart and fall before Him in an act of adoration and reparation, pleading for His mercy.
In Prayer Together Let Us Fall
In prayer together let us fall,
And cry for mercy, one and all,
And weep before the Judge's feet,
And His avenging wrath entreat.
Thy grace have we offended sore,
By sins O God, which we deplore,
But pour upon us from on high,
O pard'ning One, Thy clemency
Remember, thou, though frail we be,
That yet Thine handiwork are we;
Nor let the honor of Thy Name
Be by another put to shame.
We pray Thee, Holy Trinity,
One God, unchanging Unity,
That we from this our abstinence,
May reap the fruits of penitence.
Last weekend we spoke of how important sacred hymns are both in the Church and in our community. We shared with you one of the hymns we sing before Lauds during the Lenten Season, and wished to share other hymns for the Divine Office on each Sunday during.
On this Second Sunday of Lent, we share with you a hymn we sing before Vespers, "O Merciful Creator, Hear." We pray the texts of this hymn can add to your Lenten meditation on the outpouring of God's mercy toward us who are sinners and are in need of an abundance of grace - for this we fast and pray for 40 days.
Sacred hymns hold quite a prevalent place within the life of a Marian Sister, and for anyone who fosters a liturgical spirit. To a religious, the hymns given by the Church become the the very breath throughout one's day.
Miserere mei, Deus, miserere mei: quoniam in te confidit animas me.
Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me for my soul trusteth in Thee.
Last weekend we said goodbye to our dear friend "Al" - also known as the "Alleluia". During the season of Septuagesima, the Church bids farewell to this glorious word and removes it from the Sacred Liturgy because it is so closely untied to the mystery of our Lord's Resurrection.
"Embrace, then, Jesus crucified, raising to Him the eyes of your desire!
Consider His burning love for you,
which made Jesus pour out His blood from every part of His body!
Embrace Jesus crucified, loving and beloved and in Him,
you will find true life because He is God made man.
Let your heart and your soul burn with the fire of love drawn from Jesus on the Cross!
… You will have no other desire than to follow Jesus!
Run, … do not stay asleep because time flies and does not wait one moment!
Dwell in God’s sweet love!”
- St. Catherine of Sienna
"The Season of Septuagesima comprises the three weeks immediately preceding Lent. It forms one of the principal divisions of the Liturgical Year, and is itself divided into three parts, each part corresponding to a week: the first is called Septuagesima; the second, Sexagesima; the third, Quinquagesima.
"In thy sight are all they that afflict me; my heart hath expected reproach and misery. And I looked for one that would grieve together with me, but there was none: and for one that would comfort me, and I found none." - Psalm 68 (69)
Palm Sunday is "a great and holy day as it commemorates the last triumph of Our Lord Jesus Christ on earth and opens Holy Week. On this day, the Church celebrates the triumphant entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem; when the multitude, going before and following after Him, cut off branches from the trees and strewed then in His way, shouting, "Hosanna (glory and praise) to the Son of David. Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord." It is the commemoration of this triumph that palms are blessed and borne in solemn procession."
Today Passiontide begins, a time especially consecrated to the remembrance and loving contemplation of the sorrows of Jesus. The veiled crucifix and statues, the absence of the Gloria in the Mass and the Gloria Patri in the responsories of the Divine Office,
the suppression of the psalm Judica me at the beginning of Mass - are all signs of mourning
by which the Church commemorates Our Lord's Passion."
- Divine Intimacy: Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.