Tuesday in the 1st Week of Lent

Note the parts that are repeated daily are in the Ash Wednesday Liturgy

Today’s Station: At Sant’Anastasia


INTROIT: Psalm 89: 1-2
Lord, Thou hast been our refuge from generation to generation: from eternity and to eternity Thou art. (Ps. 89: 2) Before the mountains were made, or the earth and the world was formed: from eternity and to eternity Thou art God. v. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Repeat Lord, Thou hast been our refuge…

Look down upon Thy household, O Lord, and grant that our minds may be made glow by the desire of Thee, which have been chastened by the tormenting of their bodies. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. R. Amen.

EPISTLE: Isaias 55: 6-11
In those days the prophet Isaias spoke, saying, Seek ADONAI while he is available, call on him while he is still nearby. Let the wicked person abandon his way and the evil person his thoughts; let him return to ADONAI, and he will have mercy on him; let him return to our God, for he will freely forgive. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways,” says ADONAI. “As high as the sky is above the earth are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For just as rain and snow fall from the sky and do not return there, but water the earth, causing it to bud and produce, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so is my word that goes out from my mouth – it will not return to me unfulfilled; but it will accomplish what I intend, and cause to succeed what I sent it to do.”

GRADUAL: Psalm 140: 2
Let my prayer be directed as incense in Thy sight, O Lord. V. The lifting up of my hands as evening sacrifice.

GOSPEL: Matthew 21: 10-17
At that time, When Yeshua entered Yerushalayim, the whole city was stirred. “Who is this?” they asked. And the crowds answered, “This is Yeshua, the prophet from Natzeret in the Galil.” Yeshua entered the Temple grounds and drove out those who were doing business there, both the merchants and their customers. He upset the desks of the money changers and knocked over the benches of those who were selling pigeons. He said to them, “It has been written, `My house will be called a house of prayer.’ But you are making it into a den of robbers!” Blind and lame people came up to him in the Temple, and he healed them. But when the head cohanim and Torah-teachers saw the wonderful things he was doing, and the children crying out in the Temple, “Please deliver us!” to the Son of David, they were furious. They said to him, “Do you hear what they’re saying?” Yeshua replied, “Of course! Haven’t you ever read, `From the mouth of children and infants you have prepared praise for yourself’?” With that, he left them and went outside the city to Beit-Anyah, where he spent the night.

A Homily on the Gospel Passage From Matins for the Day
by St. Bede the Venerable

When the Lord first shewed forth in a figure by cursing the barren fig tree, he afterwards put before us in action even more plainly by casting the profaners out of the temple. The tree was not guilty because of her fruitlessness at this time when the Lord was hungry, for the time of figs was not yet come. But those priests were guilty because they carried on worldly business in the Lord’s house, and thereby neglected to bring forth that fruit of godliness which was due, and which the Lord was hungry to find in them. The Lord made the fig tree to wither away under his curse, that all men who saw it, and all men who hear of it, might know that they will be condemned by the judgement of God, if they content themselves with the sound of good works, without the solid fruit of good works, after the fashion of that barren fig tree which gave pleasant shade and the rustle of green leaves, without the solid fruit, of which those leaves were wont to be an evidence.

But because the buyers and sellers heeded not the parable of the barren fig tree, the Lord visited them with the righteous indignation which they deserved, and cast out the traffickers in earthly things from that house. For it had been commanded that nothing should be done therein save the work of God, to wit, the offering to him of sacrifices and prayers, and the reading, teaching, and singing of his Word. Yet we may well believe that nothing was sold or bought in the temple save things needful to the service thereof, as we read in another place, that when Jesus went into the temple he found them that sold oxen and sheep and doves. For we are certainly given to understand that it was the worshippers from afar who, from the inhabitants of the place, bought such things as were needful for sacrifice in the Lord’s house.

Therefore, if the Lord would not suffer even so much as the buying and selling in the temple of those things which he willed to be offered in sacrifice therein (and this, no doubt, on account of the greed and cheating which so often accompany buying and selling), with what severity, suppose ye, would he visit such as he might find idling away the time of worship in laughter, or in gossip, or in any other sin? If the Lord will not suffer to be carried on in his house such worldly business as may be freely done elsewhere, how much more shall such things as ought never to be done anywhere, draw down the anger of God if they be done in his own holy house? The words : Them that sold doves : do remind us that the Holy Ghost was given unto the Lord in the shape of a dove, and by doves therefore we are reminded of the gifts of the Holy Ghost. They, then, to this day sell doves in the temple of God, who take money in the Church for the laying on of their hands, whereby the Holy Ghost is given from heaven.

OFFERTORY: Psalm 30: 15-16
In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped: I said: Thou art my God, my times are in Thy hands.

Be appeased, we beseech Thee, O Lord, with the gifts we offer, and defend us from all dangers. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son. Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen.

COMMUNION: Psalm 4: 2
When I called upon Thee, Thou didst hear me, O God of my justice: when I was in distress, Thou hast enlarged me: have mercy on me, O Lord, and hear my prayer.

We beg, O almighty God, that we may lay hold upon the effect of that salvation whose pledge we have received through these mysteries. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen

May our prayers ascend to Thee, O Lord, and drive away all wickedness from Thy Church. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen

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